"Republicans and Democrats both love America," Romney said toward the end of the 90 minute-meeting. "But we need to have leadership, leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if it's a Republican or a Democrat. I've done it before. I'll do it again."
"Well, first of all," Obama said, "I think Governor Romney's going to have a busy first day, because he's also going to repeal Obamacare, which will not be very popular among Democrats as you're sitting down with them."
Romney negotiating a repeal of the president's health care law on "Day 1" – it's a scenario even his biggest supporters had trouble envisioning just 24 hours ago. But now, with two more debates and a little more than a month to the election, Republicans are daring to dream again.
For Democrats, or at least one high profile former party leader, there's some solace in knowing the next meeting will take place in Hempstead, N.Y., just 66 feet above sea level.
"Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today – just a few hours before the debate started," former Vice President Al Gore said last night, trying to make sense of Obama's tired look. "Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust – I don't know…"