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WASHINGTON

Early polls show Obama chalks up victory after Monday debate

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Washington, October 23 - United States President
Barack Obama came out slightly ahead against Republican
candidate Mitt Romney in their televised election debate late on
Monday, analysts and polls immediately following the final
face-off said.
According to an NBC-Wall Street Journal opinion
poll, the pair was tied before taking the stage at Lynn
University in Boca Raton, Florida, with each enjoying the
support of 47% of the people likely to vote on November 6.
Following the debate analysts said that though the
Democratic president did not score any knock-out blows, he
appeared more self-assured than previously from the start of
Monday night's forum.
Obama steered the debate towards Romney's alleged lack of
foreign policy experience and responded that the US "also has
fewer horses and bayonets," when Romney complained that America
had fewer ships in the US navy than in 1916.
The president said that the Navy now has "these things
called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them" and "ships
that go underwater, nuclear submarines," adding that naval
operations were not a game of 'Battleship,' but a question of
capabilities.
The Republican candidate repeatedly returned to his
criticism of the nation's sluggish economy and Obama's policies
that he says have stifled growth.
So far throughout the campaign, Romney has gained footing
by promoting his own business background while arguing that
continued high unemployment and slow growth reflected poorly on
the president's term.
Most polls and pundits agree that overall Obama won on
points at Monday's debate but say that it is still hard to say
who will come out on top on election day in two weeks.

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