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October 23rd, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Romney Campaign Advisor Norm Coleman: Romney 'clearly won the debate’

President Obama and Mitt Romney faced-off for a final time last night in the presidential debate, making their cases one more time before undecided voters.

A CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers determined Obama the winner, with 48% for Obama and 40% for Romney. Former Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota reacts to the debate on “Early Start” this morning. Coleman is also a key foreign policy adviser for the Romney campaign. He considers Romney the winner of the debate.

"In the final analysis, this is an election,” Senator Coleman says, “people are looking for who can be the commander-in-chief.” Governor Romney “tied having a strong economy as being essential to having a strong military, a strong foreign policy,” Coleman says. “And clearly on that point, he clearly won the debate.”

John Berman points out that Romney stated he agreed with the president on several foreign policy issues. Senator Coleman views this as Romney working across the aisle, not failing to distinguish himself from the president. “He showed, in the course of the debates, is here’s somebody who’s focused on getting things done, he’ll work with folks to get things done. And I think folks in America are crying for that” Coleman says. “There are those things where we can agree, we can agree. Everything doesn’t have to be battle.”

Coleman believes Romney still maintains a stronghold on the economy. “The question is how do you make America more secure. You make it more secure by rebuilding this economy,” Coleman says. “Governor Romney laid out his five points, how he’s going to do it.”

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