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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / ELECTION ANALYSIS

Optics Override True Debate Performances by Obama, Romney -- PICTURES

October 4, 2012

The debate that the Denver live-audience saw on Wednesday night between President Obama and Mitt Romney may have looked drastically different from the one seen by millions of Americans on television.

On TV, many saw Obama with his head down, looking vaguely disinterested. But in Denver, Obama was seen taking notes at the podium and directing his answers mostly to the audience. Romney, meanwhile, looked directly at the crowd and at Obama when he spoke, giving off an air of confidence and energy that the president largely lacked.

Need proof? Check the screengrabs below.

9:11 p.m. ET: What are your major differences in creating jobs?

9:17 p.m. ET: What are your major differences in creating jobs?

9:32 p.m. ET: What Are Your Differences in Tackling the Deficit?

 

9:37 p.m. ET: What are your differences in tackling the deficit?

9:42 p.m. ET: Do you see a major difference between the two of you on Social Security?

9:49 p.m. ET: Do you see a major difference between the two of you on Social Security?

 

9:53 p.m. ET: What is your view of the level of federal regulation of the economy?

10:02 p.m. ET: Why do you want to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

10:11 p.m. ET: What would you do about health care?

 

10:13 p.m. ET: What would you do about health care?

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