After the first televised presidential debate which most analysts agreed Republican candidate Mitt Romney won, President Barack Obama has come out fighting.
In a bid to quell the criticism of his own lackluster performance Obama used a fund raising rally to accuse Romney of not telling the truth during Wednesday’s 90-minute political joust.
“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favour the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that,” President Barack Obama told supporters in Denver.
Romney on the other hand has been capitalising on the boost his TV appearance has given his campaign after weeks of setbacks. It was a re-energised Mitt Romney who addressed supporters in Virginia:
“What you didn’t hear last night from the president is why it is that the next four years are possibly going to be better than the last four years. He doesn’t have a way to explain that because he has the same policies for the next four years he had over the last four years,” said the former Massachusetts governor.
Going into the debate, Obama held a lead of 5 to 6 percentage points over Romney. Now Obama’s rival is being viewed more positively by 51% of voters.
The two will meet twice more on television before the November 6 election.