No gaffes, but the two Clinton friendly networks quickly declared the debate a win for Hillary Clinton. What is clear is that while Donald Trump made points, he also allowed himself to be on the defensive on some issues particularly in the last half hour.
I am not sure there was much determined by the session, but I do think Mr. Trump failed to make progress even if he didn't lose much either. He got tied down on birtherism and some other issues that needed a quick , dismissive answer. A pro Clinton question at the end about her appearance was bobbled as well.
Mr. Trump did demonstrate conversancy in several issues, but the media spin will be that Mrs. Clinton won
The next debate is the two VP candidates. I expect Mike Pence to do well.....