During Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Wednesday night presidential debate, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer heaped praise on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s performance.
“I thought Romney won, and Romney won big,” Krauthammer said. “He won by two touchdowns. You know when a challenger steps up on the stage, that gives stature, but when he performs the way Romney did, I think it really changes. It doesn’t change the game, but it changes the momentum. The Romney campaign has had a terrible month, to the extent people are saying, ‘Who is this guy? He seems like a sap.’ All of a sudden, this Romney shows up. And he is knowledgeable, he is confident and he’s got nerve. He never backed down on any of the Obama attacks. In fact, every time Obama hurled a particular at him, he came back with a three-point answer — not a one-point, but a three.”
Krauthammer added that Obama looked like he was just running out the clock.
“With Obama, I thought he had a very weak night,” Krauthammer said. “It looked as if he’s sitting on a lead. I can guarantee you, had he been behind in the polls, he would have hammered at the 47 percent. The video had really damaged Romney. It didn’t come up at all. That is somebody thinks all he has to do is get up there, play out the 90 minutes, hold the ball and win. But he didn’t. He lost. Again, it’s not going to change the election. But I think it does stop the Romney slide. It is not just that energizes the base. I think what is important here is people who heard millions of dollars’ worth of ads about Romney — that he’s Gordon Gecko of our time, that he wants to inflict pain on the middle class — he’s got no horns. He is a guy who has ideas and some of them perhaps are wrong. But he’s got some concern for the country, and he knows his stuff.”