I've always been a fan of factcheck.org. Surprise, surprise; both candidates made their share of dubious claims and incorrect assumptions.
Personally, I didn't think there was a clear winner last night. I thought Romney did well on some subjects, and Obama did well on others. Romney definitely was the more aggressive debater of the two, but then, he had to be. The last time I checked, polls had him six or seven points behind the President, so he has to be more aggressive in highlighting Obama's failures and downplaying his successes. Conversely, as the incumbent, Obama has to take more of a defensive stance, trying to simultaneously convince America that the last four years haven't been all that bad, while simultaneously convincing us that Romney's ideas aren't any better than his own.
I think my favorite moment of the debate was, when discussing health care, Obama touted his Affordable Care Act as a larger-scale version of Romney's own successful state-funded health care coverage in Massachusetts. Romney was suddenly thrust into the awkward position of either having to retreat from his attacks on "Obamacare", or being forced to attack his own
In Jim Lehrer's defense, he did try (albeit half-heartedly) to keep both men on task when they tried to stray away from the topic. I did also like how the questions were tailored to trying to accentuate the differences between the Democratic and Republican platforms.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of recording CNN's coverage of the debate, and for some asinine reason, they had, during the entire time, a graphic of how a group of Undecided Colorado voters reacted to the debate. There was one line for Women and another for Men; the lines would trend toward either a plus sign or a negative sign as, presumably, the undecideds dialed in how they felt about what was being said at any given moment. What I found amusing was that, any time education was mentioned by either candidate, the Women's line would shoot toward the maximum positive while the men's line would crawl begrudgingly upward. National defense had the opposite effect, boosting the men's scores while having no effect on the women's. And when Romney talked about his kids being liars? Both lines shot into negative territory.
Apparently undecided voters were not impressed.