AUGUSTA -- Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennett issued the following statement regarding the first Maine gubernatorial debate of 2014, hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning.
"Governor LePage was the clear winner in today's debate, with the media openly acknowledging his ability to win over the crowd with self-deprecating humor and passionate advocacy for his policy reforms. Republicans couldn't be more proud of the Governor's performance and we look forward to four more important debates where Mainers will get a chance to learn more about Maine's turnaround under Gov. LePage. Congressman Michaud proved today that debates won't change the evasiveness and vaguery that has marked his campaign so far, and Mr. Cutler only offered a more articulate liberal vision for Maine."
For a play-by-play of today's debate, read the Maine GOP's Storify compilation of reactions on Twitter from reporters and pundits from both parties. Highlights: