Democratic strategist James Carville found it hard to spin President Barack Obama’s debate performance last night, saying on CNN that it looked like he “did not want to be there.”
“I had one overwhelming impression,” Carville said. “I did everything I could not to reach it, but it looked like Romney wanted to be there and President Obama didn’t want to be there.”
By the end of his rant, though, Carville tried to blunt the portrayal of the effect the debate had on the race.
“They have run a very good campaign thus far,” he said of the Obama campaign. “I don’t think that President Obama did what this campaign wanted him to do. I think he was off his game tonight. But let’s don’t go overboard here. It will be like a big sort of pushback.”
He added: “My point is this — President Obama came in, he wanted to have a conversation. It takes two people to have a conversation. Mitt Romney came in with a chainsaw. He’s trying to talk to a chainsaw.“
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