But whether he helped or hurt the Democratic ticket with his debating skills remains to be seen.
Both sides made strong cases for the running mate at the top of their respective ticket.
Romney is on a campaign swing in Ohio, the one state where Obama is faring well after last week’s presidential debate.
Romney, in a major foreign policy address, said the situation in the Middle East has grown worse under Obama
The new job numbers provided balm for the
frazzled nerves of supporters at the end of a tough week.
Appearing at a rally in Denver, Obama tried to regain some momentum, taking an immediate shot at Romney.
A subdued performance from Obama gave Romney the opening he needed to reshape the battle for the White House.