Immediately following the close of the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow said that she could not quite declare a winner but she could declare a loser – PBS anchor and debate moderator Jim Lehrer. Maddow said Lehrer helped kill this particular debate format for the foreseeable future.
“In terms of how the overall debate unfolded, I personally do not know who won this debate,” Maddow said. “I do know that we saw this debate format die a very painful death on camera tonight.
Maddow went on to describe Obama as appearing “calm, professorial and basically explanatory,” while she said Romney appeared “hyper” and “amped.”
“That manifested in a way in which the debt format was just dismantled – the format and I think the moderator, with all due respect to Jim Lehrer,” said Maddow.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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