Here's what a few other publications were saying Thursday about the debate.

BuzzFeed's Ben Smith:

"But Romney's core success was that he won by not losing: He has barely weathered a campaign that reduced him to a smaller figure than President Obama. On stage, they were roughly the same size."

Politico's Maggie Haberman:

"The debate was relatively sleepy, and there were no fireworks or big 'moments' to speak of, but Romney scored on points against a barely-there incumbent."

The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger:

"Barack Obama showed the dangers and risks of presidential incumbency. For all the powers of the office, the U.S. presidency inevitably causes the person holding it to place outsized belief and faith in the correctness of his own policies and ideas. In a word, hubris. It has happened before."

The New York Times editorial:

"The Mitt Romney who appeared on the stage at the University of Denver seemed to be fleeing from the one who won the Republican nomination on a hard-right platform of tax cuts, budget slashing and indifference to the suffering of those at the bottom of the economic ladder. And Mr. Obama's competitive edge from 2008 clearly dulled, as he missed repeated opportunities to challenge Mr. Romney on his falsehoods and turnabouts."

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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