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Gillespie: Debate Was a Matter of Substance, Not Style

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie defended Mitt Romney’s strong performance in the first presidential debate during an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, responding to the Democratic allegation that Romney was all sizzle and no steak. 

“The problem they have is that the debate's performance on Wednesday evening was not a matter of style, it was a matter of substance,” Gillespie said, arguing that Romney delivered a “fact-based critique” of Obama’s policies.


Gillespie was responding in particular to Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, who had just appeared on the show to dismiss “a clone that looked like Mitt Romney” giving a “masterful theatrical performance.”

Such comments, Gillespie said, resemble “a seven-year-old losing a checkers game, and then instead of being frustrated at the outcome, they sweep the board off the table.”

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