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Scarborough: Romney "Came On Way Too Strong" Against Obama, Crowley

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Well, the first 20 minutes of the poll, what stood out to me was the fact that this was a format, like we said yesterday, that really didn't play to Mitt Romney's strength. He came on way too strong. One thing that all challengers should be aware of, if you're going to be running for president of the United States, there are two things you don't do in debates.

One, you don't run over a female moderator. You just don't. Stylistically you don't. It's very dangerous. Jim Lehrer, fine. You can get out a knife and, you know, have a knife fight with Jim Lehrer, fine. But you don't do that with a female moderator. It's problematic.

Secondly, you don't run over the president of the United States. Whether that president's a Republican or whether that president is a Democrat. There are independent voters who believe that a president should be treated with deference because he is the commander in chief.

And the Mitt Romney that we saw yesterday was the Mitt Romney who was very successful in cutting off Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry and Herman Cain when the stakes were far lower, and it took him about 20 minutes to figure out that he just couldn't be that much of a bulldozer.

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