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I was too polite to Romney, Obama says

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 4:27 PM    

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WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — President Barack Obama tried to steady panicking supporters Wednesday, insisting he would win re-election despite a shaky first debate during which he had been “too polite” to Mitt Romney.

“I got this,” Obama said in a radio interview and predicted that Democratic “hand wringing” over his limp debate showing, which precipitated a polling slump, would be a mere memory after his next clash with Romney on Tuesday.

Obama’s campaign team meanwhile launched a new assault on the resurgent Republican nominee, 26 days before the election, accusing him of hiding “extreme” stances to win support in the vital political center ground.

Democrats were mystified by Obama’s peevish, lethargic and muted effort in Denver last week, and watched Romney’s subsequent surge into the lead in national polls and comeback in several state battlegrounds with alarm.

“At the debate, I think it is fair to say, I was too polite,” said Obama in an interview broadcast on the Tom Joyner radio show yesterday.

“It is hard to sometimes keep on saying, ’What you’re saying isn’t true,’ it gets repetitive. The good news is, that it’s just the first one.”

But Obama, famous for his no-drama persona, rebuked supporters who had begun to see his re-election bid as a “cakewalk,” saying the race was always going to be close, and his prior lead was a result of Romney’s repeated mistakes.

“This is a long haul... as long as folks stay focused, we will win this thing,” Obama said, after Joyner told the president some supporters were “scared to death.”

“By next week I think a lot of the hand wringing will be complete because we are going to go ahead and win this thing,” the president said.

With Obama back at the White House, Romney had the campaign trail to himself and planned to squeeze in three events in Ohio, again shaping up as the epicentre of the White House race.

The state has lost thousands of blue collar jobs abroad, so Romney was on fertile political ground as he warned China’s economy was gaining fast on America, but promised US manufacturers can compete if fair trade is restored.

The former corporate buyout specialist accused Obama of “laxity” on enforcing free trade rules and warned he would not allow China to keep taking US jobs.

Obama’s campaign accused Romney of peddling “head-spinning falsehoods” and suggested he had swelled his fortune by investing in Chinese firms guilty of pirating US intellectual copyright.

Democrats also tried to snare Romney in a culture war minefield, after he told the Des Moines Register newspaper in Iowa that he would not introduce any legislation as president restricting the right to abortion.

Since Romney has said he would appoint Supreme Court judges who opposed the procedure and would prevent US aid funds being used to help overseas agencies that provide abortion services, Obama’s team scented a cover-up.

“We know that the real Mitt Romney will say anything to win... he is cynically hiding his positions,” said Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.

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