Who Won the Final Presidential Debate?
Updated from 9 a.m. EDT with comment from former Hillary Clinton spokesman
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney stuck by a buy-and hold-approach to the final presidential debate Monday night, as neither candidate wanted to produce a major gaffe amid a tightening race.
TheStreet spoke to experts from different fields to gauge who they thought really won the debate, and also looked at what pundits and writers from other news outlets concluded. Here's what they had to say in their own words.
Michael Gayed, chief investment strategist at Pension Partners, LLC:"Debate [was] probably a non-event, though it looks like Obama came out ahead. I doubt it will significantly alter the odds of him winning over Romney, and futures seem to agree given little reaction. The uncertainty in markets now is a microcosm of the uncertainty over who will win the presidential election. I'm just glad now I get my weekday nights back." David Henry, communications department chairman at University of Nevada-Las Vegas: "None of the presidential debates that have been televised have really been debates in the tradition of, say, Lincoln-Douglas, where there were three-hour debates and they consisted of three speeches, and these are sound bites and they play not to make mistakes. The challenges for both of them were very different. ... Tonight's debate seemed to me to be a lot like the last one in terms of Obama doing better, but Romney still doing well. ... I think the real key was that people have always -- even on issues where they thought Obama was having trouble leading or making policy -- when it was head to head on who do you like more ... on something called the likability scale, that Obama was always much higher than Romney, and in the last couple weeks that has closed. Partly after the second debate when they were almost uncivil to one another, that hurt both of them on the likability measure and I think tonight they were aiming to try and recoup some of that. ... Obama's closing statement was when he was as presidential as he's been in any of the three debates. ... Do I think that this will be looked at in four years or eight years or 12 years as a high point like [Ronald] Reagan's 'are you better off four years ago?' or [Bill] Clinton's use of the town hall? I don't know if anything from the three debates stands out this year."
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