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Candidates Return to Campaigning After First Debate

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Democrats are looking to rebound from what's being seen as a disappointing debate performance by President Barack Obama last night, by accusing Mitt Romney of being dishonest on the debate stage.

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod says Romney was "hiding the truth and the facts" from the American people.

And Obama himself told a rally in Denver that the Romney who showed up for the debate isn't the same candidate he's been running against.

He said that the "real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy." But Obama says the man he was debating last night "said he didn't know anything about that."

He also accused Romney of misrepresenting past statements on education and outsourcing. Obama says Romney "knows full well that we don't want what he's selling."

He also ridiculed Romney's suggestion that one way to trim federal spending is to cut the subsidy for PBS, which airs "Sesame Street." Obama said, "Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird."

Obama advisers say he will make adjustments before the next debate, to counter what they see as Romney's evasions on a series of issues.

Spirits are high in Mitt Romney's campaign in the aftermath of last night's debate.

As Romney's plane took off from Denver for Virginia today, there were claps and whistles from Romney aides as the pilot announced that the control tower had commended Romney's performance when the plane was cleared for takeoff.

President Barack Obama is accusing Romney of being dishonest about his policies on the debate stage.

But a Romney spokesman says the Republican demonstrated in the debate why he should be president. Spokesman Ryan Williams says on the day after the debate, Obama is offering what he calls "more false attacks."

Before leaving Denver, Romney told a conservative gathering this morning that Americans saw `two very different visions for the country" in the debate. He says Obama offered what Romney calls "trickle-down government," instead of "prosperity that comes through freedom."

In the next few weeks, Romney is expected to give a number of policy speeches filling in the details, as he responds to criticism that he hasn't clearly outlined his plans. 

And - if social media is any indication, Mitt Romney may have been the clear winner of last night's debate in Denver.

Twitter says the debate was the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history. And according to a web analytics firm, there were about 47,000 tweets mentioning Romney and the word "win" or "winner" -- and fewer than 30,000 that mentioned Obama with "win" or "winner."

The reaction to statements by the two candidates was flowing across Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets long before the debate was over.

And people were also looking to the Internet to shed some light on some of the subjects being discussed. Google says the most commonly searched terms included Simpson-Bowles, the bipartisan fiscal commission Obama appointed, as well as Dodd-Frank, a financial reform law.

And there were a lot of searches for Big Bird. Early in the debate, Romney said he would cut off funding to public broadcasting to help bring down the deficit -- but he added that he liked Big Bird.

Social networks immediately responded, with people posting spoof photos of Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters on Facebook, and even setting up fake Big Bird Twitter accounts. (AP)

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