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By Toby Harnden In Denver and Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 07:22 EST, 4 October 2012 | UPDATED: 10:33 EST, 4 October 2012
Barack Obama has been savaged over his performance in last night's presidential debate, with one commentator even suggesting that he was less effective than the hapless Jimmy Carter.
Even those who have been the President's most enthusiastic cheerleaders in the past lined up to denounce the evening as a 'disaster' for Mr Obama, and worried that Mitt Romney's resounding win would allow him to turn around his struggling campaign.
Prominent Obama fans admitted the President as 'off his game', with one even saying: 'I don't know what he was doing out there.'
But perhaps the most stinging blow came from the Right, with one conservative commentator quipping: 'Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.'
Mr Romney was on the offensive during the debate in Denver, shining in what was arguably the most high-profile moment of his political career so far.good article with some great photos....more at link