|Published:||Oct 23, 2012 6:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 23, 2012 6:49 PM EDT|
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A CBS News poll immediately after Monday night's final Presidential debate found more viewers thought President Obama had a stronger performance on foreign policy.
But just outside the debate hall, before President Obama and Mitt Romney could even leave the stage, the candidates' supporters were ready to give their spin to the hundreds of reporters in attendance.
The biggest names in politics were on the attack:
"I thought the President harmed his image tremendously," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
"Mitt Romney tonight demonstrated a total lack of clarity," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who also serves as chair of the Democratic National Committee.
They were also on the defense:
"I thought it was a great night for Governor Romney, I think he did exactly what he needed to do," said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
"(President Obama was) somebody that looked strong, somebody that looked forceful, somebody that looked like a Commander-in-Chief," said Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs.
All of it took place in an unusual environment in what they call "spin alley." Instead of hundreds of reporters chasing after them, the politicians came to the reporters.
"It's an honor to do this for Governor Romney," said Rep. Connie Mack, who worked as one of the surrogates for Mitt Romney.
Spin alley is a lively convention atmosphere, with large signs setting the stage for dozens of simultaneous press conferences, where the answers were almost always the same.
But ultimately, what was heard in this room is what was to be expected from the candidates' strongest supporters.
"He's decimated Al-Qaeda, brought our troops home from Iraq, wound down our involvement in Afghanistan," Wasserman-Schultz said.
"What Romney said is, what we need is a strong President, a strong leader, someone who's going to stand up for America and not go apologize around the world," Mack said.