I thought the President was repetitive and reactive. Maybe the latter couldn’t be helped with both Kerry and Lehrer going after his decisions, but he never tried to take command of the back and forth. He could have contrasted need for strong defense with Kerry’s Senate record. Kerry was smoother and proactive, though ultimately unconvincing. “Mixed messages” is wimpy. The President was apparently only prepared to go after Kerry for flip-flops – not for being wrong about every national security issue for the past 30 years. Kerry needed more than a draw.