DENVER (AP) — Democrats are looking to rebound from what's being seen as a disappointing debate performance by President Barack Obama last night, by accusing Mitt Romney of being dishonest on the debate stage.
Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod says Romney was "hiding the truth and the facts" from the American people.
And Obama himself told a rally in Denver that the Romney who showed up for the debate isn't the same candidate he's been running against.
He said that the "real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy." But Obama says the man he was debating last night "said he didn't know anything about that."
He also accused Romney of misrepresenting past statements on education and outsourcing. Obama says Romney "knows full well that we don't want what he's selling."
He also ridiculed Romney's suggestion that one way to trim federal spending is to cut the subsidy for PBS, which airs "Sesame Street." Obama said, "Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird."
Obama advisers say he will make adjustments before the next debate, to counter what they see as Romney's evasions on a series of issues.
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GRAPHICSBANK: Mitt Romney (l), as Republican presidential nominee, and Barack Obama (r), as US President, shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, on texture, partial graphic (4 Oct 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: Barack Obama headshot, as US President, during first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Colorado, graphic element on gray (4 Oct 2012)
APPHOTO WX102: FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver. Both men relished the wonky talk, but Mitt Romney also showed the easy confidence a presidential contender needs — and a bit of the salesman's dynamic presentation. Barack Obama sounded more like a long-winded professor a little annoyed he has to go over this stuff one more time for the slow students in the back. For viewers the lesson from both was clear: If they crave a real discussion of complicated issues — not just zingers — it means some tough going. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (3 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO COEA106: President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Denver, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (4 Oct 2012)
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