DNC spokesman thinks Mitt Romney will win first presidential debate vs. Barack Obama - NYPOST.com It's a further lowering of expectations ahead of the first debate in Denver next week. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse tells Fox News he thinks Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will win. Woodhouse says the way the DNC sees it, challengers win the first debate when they are up against incumbents. "Mitt Romney has had a lot more time to debate, the president has not debated in the past four years in terms, of a campaign debate. I think the president will hold his own, but he's not known for sound bites. And these are 60 second, 90 second responses." Already making excuses for an obama loss.