The Republican challenger needed to put in a strong performance in the first presidential debate in Denver and he more than rose to the occasion with even some of Obama’s most dedicated supporters declaring him the clear winner.
Romney chided Obama for promising to halve America’s annual deficit but instead doubling it and even comparing him to a little boy who can’t tell the truth.
‘Look, I’ve got five boys,’ he said. ‘I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it.’
Hitting Obama with a blizzard of statistics, Romney also hit back hard at what he saw as the President mischaracterising his plans: ‘Virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate.’