In a contentious, but not overtly hostile affair, President Obama and Mitt Romney traded jabs over how to bring jobs back, and other domestic issue sticking points.
President Obama came out swinging, accusing Republican Challenger Mitt Romney of pushing for five trillion dollars in tax cuts, with much of it to benefit the wealthy.
Romney, more aggressive then he has been in past debates, said the nation can't afford four more years of failed promises.
A CNN/ORC International Poll of 430 adults who watched the debate says 67% polled said Romney won the debate - compared to 25% for the president.
The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, and is only indicative of those who participated in the survey.
Obama and Romney will meet again October 16th in Hempstead, New York.