Thursday, October 4, 2012
After President Obama stumbled badly in his first debate against Mitt Romney last night in Denver, Obama’s senior campaign strategist, David Axelrod said they will take a “hard look” at the president’s debate performance and admitted they’ll “have to make some judgments about where to draw the lines in these debates and how to use our time.”
On a conference call to reporters, Axelrod compared the debates to “a playoff in sports.”
Obama aides told The Hill that the president will try to be more aggressive in the next debate scheduled for Oct. 16 in Hofstra, NY by launching a more full-throttled attack when he believes Romney isn’t telling the truth.
Aides acknowledged there was a shell-shocked mood on Thursday because while they anticipated that Romney was going to do well, they didn’t anticipate his tacks in the debate.
From the president’s staunchest loyalists to donors and even some aides who tried to make sense of the thrashing they witnessed Wednesday night conceded the president came off as listless, tired and did nothing to combat a fiery Romney, who was on the attack and dominated much of the debate.
They called Wednesday’s debate a missed opportunity for Obama in terms of putting the race away, after a strong month coming off of the Democratic National Convention.