Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was "aggressive without being offensive" in his first debate with President Obama on Wednesday night, former vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., said on Thursday.
"I thought Gov. Romney carried the fight to the president last night in a way that showed differences between them," Lieberman told National Journal. "And he did so in a way that wasn't nasty. It was his night."
Obama's performance at the debate has been panned as flat compared to Romney's more animated approach, but Lieberman said it wasn't all bad news for the president. "I didn't think he was as bad as people were saying afterwards, but it wasn't his best night," Lieberman said.
The Connecticut senator was Al Gore's running mate in the contested 2000 election and briefly ran for the Democratic nomination in 2004, but in 2006 he was reelected as an Independent and endorsed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the 2008 presidential election.
"It's hard not to think back to the debate with Dick Cheney," Lieberman says. "But to me that's past. I don't think about ever doing that again."