There is no question about it. Mitt Romney is the clear winner of last night’s debate. All of the Cyclists, and snap polls, agreed as they watched Romney triumph over President Obama. Throughout the evening social media was going crazy as trends were occurring on Twitter and top mentions were happening on Facebook as we entered the first true Social Media Presidential Debate where everything everyone said was documented immediately.
However, the question we need to ask ourselves moving forward is whether this will change the race. During times like these it is important to look back at our nation’s history. Some examples of times when a candidate triumphed over the incumbent in a debate are in 1984 when Walter Mondale outperformed President Reagan or 2004 when John Kerry took the 1st Presidential debate against President Bush. But, when people entered the polling booths on election day in both ’84 and ’04 they went with the man they were familiar with, not someone new to the block.
So as the dust settles and the post-debate chatter comes to a conclusion and we gear up for the Vice Presidential debate next Thursday, all eyes will be glued to President Obama and Mitt Romney. We want to see what they have to say as they hit the campaign trail and try to rev up the voters. Remember, Election Day is only 33 days away.