In a conference call with reporters, top Obama campaign officials downplayed last night's debate and also seized on what it said were misstatements made by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But senior adviser David Axelrod also admitted that President Obama will make adjustments in his remaining debates against Romney.
“It’s like a playoff in sports. You evaluate after every contest and make adjustments, and I’m sure we will make adjustments,” Axelrod said, declining to get into details about just what changes would be made but noting that they would likely not be scheduling additional debate preparation sessions.
Axelrod added Romney “may win the Oscar for his performance last night, but he’s not going to win the presidency.”
Policy director James Kvaal listed a number of areas in which he said Romney distorted his own policies, including on entitlements and tax cuts for the wealthy.
With Obama returning to the presidential campaign trail today, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt suggested the president would push back on Romney’s debate assertions during his two rallies in Colorado and Wisconsin, saying he will “make sure every voter out there understands exactly what the divisions are that Mitt Romney danced around last night.”