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Much of the nation is still reflecting on the presidential debate about who came out on top.

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney faced off Wednesday night in the first of three presidential debates.

Peck Young, Director of Public Policy and Political Studies for Austin Community College says only one candidate brought his "A' game.

"In fairness, Romney is a good debater. He won those debates in the primate and it paid off for him last night," said Young.

Young says the President faced too many distractions and a strong confident opponent. He said Romney was poised, smiled and kept it simple. Something President Obama did not.

"And the President did what the President is good at is he plowed into issue and what I think was one of his mistakes he kept doing what people who train people not to do is he kept answering the questions," said Young.

Young says the President did not answer the questions he wanted to answer as is often taught in debate coaching; instead he talked until he answered.

"Voters want to hear very quick crisp sound bites and the President doesn't talk in sound bites. He never has," said Young. "You've got Romney talking cleaver about big bird and Obama talking about 43 ways he's tried to help you and you lost track at #3 (25)

Young's advice to Romney is to stay confident.

"You got a technique you are comfortable with, dance with what got you here," he said.

His advice to President Obama is to step it up.

"Don't look at your notes. Look at camera," Young said.

With less than a month to go and two more presidential debates, the election is still up in the air.

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