9:57 PM: A lot of misleading malarkey. But solid answer from Romney … Probably the best run of the night for Romney.
10:00 PM: Pathway to become a “permanent resident.” Key phrase from Romney. No path to citizenship.
10:05 PM: Self-deportation. No, Candy.
10:06 PM: Curious what the fact check will be on Mitt and the Arizona law.
10:07 PM: Remember, one of Romney’s immigration advisors is Kris Kobach, the guy who popularized ‘self-deportation’, and came up with the idea for the Arizona law.
10:08 PM: Obama hits Kobach.
10:11 PM: Obama takes Libya back to Romney. “You don’t turn national security into a political issue.”
10:12 PM: Obama’s answer put Romney off balance for delivering his main attack. Weak answer … Apology tour. Leading from Behind. Unraveling. Lots of jargon.
10:16 PM: Romney lost this round on Libya.
10:17 PM: Nope. Romney’s just wrong on this one. Surprised he wasn’t well prepped on this one. Pretty bad when Candy Crowley has to call you out as straight out wrong.
10:18 PM: The big anticipation from the right was that Romney was going to crush Obama on Libya. He totally flubbed it. Thought he had a gotcha on the President’s Rose Garden statement. But he didn’t.
10:21 PM: Flashback: Obama tells Americans not to fall for Mitt’s ‘sketchy deal’. Watch.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.