By the end of the debate one remark in particular was troubling for Team Obama in the spin room : the attack dog, David Plouffe, had to back track on Obama's claim that he didn't insist on military cuts in the sequestration order that the president signed off on, when his lack of presidential leadership made the sequestration order necessary during fiscal policy talks as a major governmental shutdown loomed large in the background.
The Commander-in-Chief mocked Mitt Romney on military might. He claimed our military is beyond using horses and bayonets. The Marines, however, beg to disagree, Mr. President. Oops.
The snarky Barack Obama showed up to the debate and did his candidacy no favors. Obama looked like a bully though most of the debate. He and Mitt Romney both did ok on foreign policy answers but the demeanor of the two could not have been in sharper contrast. Romney kept his calm composure and allowed Obama to look bad. Romney is a happy warrior and Obama has never been one.
This is a good summary on the discussion about the U.S. - Israel alliance:
The foreign policy debate turned many times to economic matters, which played to Romney's strength. It is impossible, of course, to have a strong military and remain the hope of the world if our economy is diminished. Obama has four years of supporting failing economic policy and Romney capitalized on those points.
Both men proved that they are able to assume the role of Commander-in-Chief. Only Romney, however, won the debate.