President Obama was right in his closing statement: “This was a terrific debate.” So it was. For Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney stood and delivered the best debate performance by a Republican presidential candidate in more than two decades. Romney spoke crisply about the next four years as well as the last four years, was detailed in clarifying the choice of paths ahead, and seemed more comfortable, more energetic—and even more presidential—than the incumbent.

Romney comes out of the debate with momentum. Can his campaign turn a very good debate into a true inflection point in the presidential race?

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