He really hit his stride in the second 15-minute segment of the debate, when the questions turned to the issue of the debt and the federal deficit.
Asked about the deficit, President Barack Obama launched into a pseudo-rambling spiel attacking Romney on everything from Big Energy subsidies, to refusing to raise taxes on the highest income earners, to tax breaks that go to companies moving jobs overseas.
But Romney was ready for all of it.
Asked to respond, Romney shook his head, “Well, he covered a lot of topics there.”
Then he turned the energy subsidies attack right around, calling Obama out for clean-energy loan failures like Solyndra: “I have a friend who says, you don’t pick winners and losers, you just pick losers.”
And then came Romney’s real coup, on Obama’s claim that businesses get tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas: “I’ve been in business for 25 years, and I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
This is how it went the entire night. In the end, it wasn’t even close. Snap polls showed that Romney was the overwhelming winner among viewers, and the feeling now is that the race has been reset and that Romney has a real chance.