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October 23rd, 2012
10:30 AM ET

CNN contributors Navarro and Martin spar on who won the presidential debate

President Obama and Mitt Romney battled in Boca over foreign policy last night in their final presidential debate. President Obama was on the attack for much of the debate, leaving the GOP rival on the defense.

A CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers determined Obama as the winner as a result, with 48% choosing Obama to 40% choosing Romney. This morning on "Early Start," CNN contributors Ana Navarro Roland Martin weigh in on who they think won the debate.

Romney often stated that he agreed with the president on different policies and failed to distinguish himself on certain issues last night. “Romney was sitting there sweating, clearly got outclassed,” Martin says. “He couldn’t even lay a hand on the president when it came to Libya. No doubt, you saw who clearly was comfortable and strong being commander-in chief.”

Navarro agrees with Martin regarding Benghazi. “I think Mitt Romney was a little off when he came out of the gate,” Navarro says. “He was trying to put everything out on the table at once, and in the meantime, he missed the point on Benghazi, on really landing the solid blow. I think he recovered as the debate went on. He gave some very solid answers along the debate, but President Obama was prepared and had some very solid rebuttals.”

The conversation got heated though when Navarro told Martin she didn't want to be interrupted:

NAVARRO: Roland, hold up. I know President Obama likes to interrupt, but I'm not in the mood to be interrupted this morning.

MARTIN: Ana, you -

SAMBOLIN: Here you guys, I'll interrupt.

MARTIN: You're a Republican downplaying commander-in-chief role when GOP has always been a winner in that area.

NAVARRO: Well, I'm not downplaying it. But you're asking why do we want somebody else? Well, because he offers different policies on other issues, Roland. You know. And I think he got under your skin -

MARTIN: Actually, he didn't.

NAVARRO: - and President Obama's skin, and that they did agree a lot last night.

SAMBOLIN: Ana and Roland, I'm going to interrupt. I really appreciate both of you this morning.

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