Obama: "I was just too polite"

The president on his much-maligned debate performance

By Jillian Rayfield
Published October 10, 2012 11:44PM (UTC)
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In a radio interview today, President Obama offered some reassurance to his base that he'd come out swinging in the next debate. "I was just too polite," he said on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

"It’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying and what you’re saying isn’t true," Obama said. "It gets repetitive. 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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He added: "I think it’s fair to say that we will see a little more activity at the next one."

Via HuffPo.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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