Washington, Oct. 11: President Barack Obama has acknowledged that he was not at his best in last week’s presidential debate, and said that he was ‘too polite’.
The president, however, pledged that ‘we’re going to go ahead and win’ the next one.
“I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying and what you’re saying isn’t true,” Obama told radio host Tom Joyner.
“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,” CBS News quoted Obama, as saying.
According to the report, when Obama was asked why he ‘had the open shot and … didn’t take it’ during the debate, Obama said: “I understand, but you know, what happens though is that when people lose one game, you know, this is a long haul”.
Obama also protested the idea that he had the election ‘locked down’ going into the debate.
“This is always going to be a close race” he said.
“Governor Romney kept on making mistakes month after month so it made it look artificially like this was, might end up being a cakewalk. But we understood internally that it never would be. That it was going to be tight- it tightened over the last three or four days, but it could have tightened after the convention if they hadn’t had such a bad convention,” Obama added. (ANI)