DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tonight’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York:

“President Obama emerged from tonight’s debate as the clear victor. He made it clear to the American people that he possesses the strength, decisiveness and steady hand that our country needs-and that he has a vision to keep moving America forward and build our economy not from the top down, but from the middle out. Voters across the country also saw the President clearly break down the ‘sketchy deal’ that Mitt Romney has offered them: his plan to spend a whopping $5 trillion on a tax cut for the wealthiest few, even though they don’t need it, and $2 trillion on a defense buildup that the Pentagon has made clear it doesn’t want-without any explanation as to how he would pay for it.

“But President Obama didn’t just win tonight-Mitt Romney lost, and he did it by launching one misfire after another in his attacks against the President, in addition to missing the mark on his own proposals. When called out for the lack of substance to his own plans, Romney was clearly flustered and took it out on the moderator rather than actually offering a defense of his indefensible plans. And just as he’s done at every twist and turn of his campaign, he misled the American people-not only by refusing to tell the truth about his plan to take away women’s access to affordable contraception or his pledge to veto the DREAM Act, but also by lying about the President’s immediate response to the terror attack in Benghazi. Mitt Romney showed once again that all he has to offer are more false attacks, more empty proposals and more failed leadership-and the American people simply deserve better than that.”