Obama: Who Was That Masked Romney?

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President Barack Obama at a campaign rally on October 4, 2012 at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver.

“I met this very sprited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” President Barack Obama said of his Republican rival today, the morning after their first debate in Denver. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney.”

This is the president’s take on the debate that instant polling has handed to the former governor of Massachusetts.

“The guy onstage last night said he doesn’t even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing,” Obama said.

“The man on stage last night he does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney,” the president told a gathering of more than 10,000 in Denver as he prepared to fly on to Wisconsin today. “If you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth.”

Fast-forwarding to the third and final of their scheduled three debates in three weeks, one focusing on foreign policy, Obama said it will ebe interesting to see how “the guy who was playing Mitt Romney” last night will weigh in on foreign affairs.

Obama also managed today to work into his remarks a reference to Romney’s “47 percent” that he overlooked as a potential opening in their first debate — Romney was taped at a fundraiser saying the 47 percent who pay no taxes will be for Obama, unreachable by him.

“I don’t know how many of you will be with me this time around,” Obama told his rally audience.. “But I’ll be with you no matter what.”




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