Desperation is sinking in.
Via Daily Mail:
David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s top strategist, has said that the campaign will take a ‘hard look’ at how to approach future debates and admitted that ‘I’m sure that we will make adjustments’.
All but stating that Mitt Romney had won the Denver debate, Axelrod conceded that the performance aspect was ‘not the President’s strong suit in these events’ but insisted that ‘I don’t see us adding huge amounts of additional prep time’.
Axelrod, speaking on a campaign conference call, made an appeal to reporters to make the points that Obama himself had failed to make in the debate
‘All of you who travel on the road with Governor Romney know that he just few weeks ago stood up and said we didn’t need any more teachers,’ he said. ‘Last night he couldn’t be more enthusiastic about teachers and more teachers.’
Romney had delivered ‘a very vigorous performance but one that was devoid of honesty’, Axelrod said.
‘And so today, as the day after, I think the question for you [the media], for the American people is really one of character and whether or not a candidacy that’s so fundamentally rooted in hiding the truth and the facts from the American people and deception is the basis of trust on which you assign the presidency to a person.
‘So that is what we are going to focus on moving forward. We’re going to hold Governor Romney accountable for the things that he said last night and we’re going to make him justify those claims – as I hope you will make him justify those claims.
‘Because we need an an honest and a genuine and realistic plan to move forward and not a bunch of lines designed to get you through a debate.’