Overall, Mitt Romney had a strong performance during the two-hour debate.
The Denver debate went off without a hitch—except for President Obama, who did poorly, as I recall.
Al Gore may have beaten George W. Bush on points in their first debate in 2000, but he audibly sighed.
early 14c., "a quarrel, dispute, disagreement," from Old French debat; see debate (v.). Sense of "a formal dispute, a debating contest" is perhaps from early 15c.