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Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said this morning on a conference call with reporters that he’s “sure we’ll make some adjustments” when pressed on what has been deemed a lackluster showing from President Barack Obama in last night’s debate. “This was the first chance for the president to see how Gov. Romney operates in these debates firsthand,” Axelrod said, as his focus throughout shifted to the thee debates ahead. “He is kind of a serial … evader, an artful dodger.”
Question after question focused on the president’s perceived shortcomings — from his preparation to why he didn’t mention Romney’s controversial comments about the “47 per cent” of Americans that would vote for Obama “no matter what” because of a dependence on government.
A CNN “snap” poll after the debate found that 67 per cent of respondents thought Romney won the debate, compared with just 25 per cent for Obama.
“Is it the view of the president that he actually did a good job?” a reporter from The Associated Press asked.
“I think the president got important ideas across,” Axelrod responded.
The Romney campaign called it a “damage control conference call.”
“The Obama campaign’s conference call today was just like the President’s performance last night,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. “The campaign, like the President, offered no defence of the President’s first term record or vision for a second term, and instead, offered nothing but false attacks, petulant statements, and lies about Governor Romney’s record.”
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