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President Barack Obama tells Tom Joyner that he will be 'more active' in next two debates with Romney.
Mitt Romney made news in last week's debate by threatening to fire Big Bird. President Obama pounced, but has come under criticism for politicizing Sesame Street and public funding for PBS in a campaign ad.
President Barack Obama admitted during a radio interview that he was “too polite” during his first debate with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney.
Speaking with the Tom Joyner Morning Show today, the president said he would be “a little more active” in the next encounter.
“It’s fair to say I was just too polite,” Obama said during the interview, a transcript of which is at Blackamericaweb.com.
“But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first one. Governor Romney put forward a whole bunch of stuff that either involved him running away from positions that he had taken, or doubling down on things like Medicare vouchers that are going to hurt him long term.”
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The next two presidential debates are scheduled for October 16 and 22, while the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will take place Thursday.
When asked if he could reassure voters his campaign wasn’t flailing, the president suggested the race against Romney was never going to be easy.
That led Obama to take a couple of less-than-polite shots at his opponent.
“Governor Romney kept on making mistakes month after month, so it made it look artificially like this was, might end up being a cakewalk,” he told the radio host.
“But we understood internally that it never would be. That it was going to be tight, it tightened over the last three or four days, but it could have tightened after the convention if they hadn’t had such a bad convention.”
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