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Romney: Obama failed to lay out second term agenda in debate


CHESAPEAKE, VA -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was eager to play up his Tuesday night showdown with President Barack Obama, accusing the president of failing to outline a second term agenda in their debate.

With only one debate with Obama remaining, Romney mockingly said that Obama had better hurry up and develop his plans.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a campaign rally at The Grove, in Chesapeake, Virginia, October 17.

“Now I have to be honest with ya, I love these debates. You know, these things are great. And I think it’s interesting that the president still doesn’t have an agenda for a second term," Romney said. "Don’t you think that it’s time for him to finally put together a vision of what he’d do in the next four years if he were elected? I mean, he’s gotta come up with that over this weekend because there’s only one debate left, on Monday."

"I just think the American people had expected that the president of the United States would be able to describe what he’s gonna do in the next four years, but he can’t," Romney continued. "He can’t even explain what he’s done in the last four years."

NBC's Peter Alexander reports from Virginia, where GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a campaign event Wednesday.

Romney reworked the top of his stump speech today, re-litigating several points from last night's debate -- referencing specific questioners by name.

"Let me mention Philip – Philip was the first question of the night, you may recall, and he asked a question about the gasoline prices, and I pointed out they’ve gone well from roughly $1.86 a gallon when the president was elected to $4 a gallon," Romney said, quickly dismissing President Obama's argument that a rise in gas prices was tied to an improving economy. "I think it’s pretty clear, that when it comes to his policies and his answers and his agenda, he’s pretty much running on fumes."

Romney left unmentioned the issue and moment widely considered to be his weakest of the debate: the 9/11/12 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and the timeline over which the president declared the attack an act of terror.

The overwhelming enthusiasm for Romney's first debate performance appeared to be muted at the candidate's first event today, with a crowd 3,500 cheering, but less wildly, for Romney's commentary on the debate.

Robert Gibbs, senior adviser for the Obama Campaign, joins The Daily Rundown's Chuck Todd to talk about the President's performance in the debate, and touches on the President's debate remarks on the 9/11 Libya attacks.

"It was a little chaotic," Jennifer Broussard, a full-time mom from Chesapeake said of last night's showdown in New York.

"He did fair," Broussard said, by way of reviewing Romney's debate performance Tuesday. "He did wonderful in the first debate."