Debate Strategy Working

Many of us were disturbed that Mitt Romney did not go for the jugular in Monday night’s debate. Instead, he was calm and even agreed with Obama on some points.

Seems that wasn’t a bad strategy.

According to Jim Geraghty at National Review Online:

Surprise: Independents, Likely Voters Loved Monday Night’s Stay-Puft Marshmallow Romney!

After Monday night’s debate, I was among those who thought that Mitt Romney’s performance was simultaneously likely to be effective and not what I wanted to see
— too focus-grouped, too safe, often hesitant to really tear into the president’s record and almost dovish. But who am I to argue with a closing sales pitch to those few remaining undecided voters in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa?

Apparently, Team Romney knew what they were doing:

President Obama scored a modest win in the third presidential debate, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, but it’s Republican Mitt Romney who moved the needle among likely voters — including independents — with his debate performances.

Overall, the contest remains unchanged from Tuesday, with 49 percent of likely voters nationally backing Romney, and 48 percent supporting Obama. But as was the case after the first and second debates, more voters say they have better, not worse, opinions of the former Massachusetts governor when assessing the three debates.

Most say the president’s debate performances did not change their views of him, a continuing challenge for an incumbent stuck with an approval rating in dangerous territory: 50 percent of likely voters approve of how he’s handling the job, 49 percent disapprove.

Looking at handling the economy as a broad issue, Romney’s lead among independents has swelled to 56 from 39 percent in the new poll, an advantage that helps him to a sizable, 12-point lead over Obama when it comes to their voting preferences. Obama won independent and other voters by eight percentage points in 2008.

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