The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

President Obama fights back after debate setback


DENVER (REUTERS) - A day after a muted performance in a presidential debate, United States (US) President Barack Obama fought back against Republican rival Mitt Romney on Thursday and the Democrat's re-election campaign vowed to learn lessons from the setback.

A feisty Obama told a rally of some 12,000 people that the former Massachusetts governor was untruthful during Wednesday's 90-minute debate in Denver, which most observers reckoned the Republican won.

"When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney," Mr Obama said.

"But it couldn't have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising US$5 trillion (S$6.6 trillion) in tax cuts that favour the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that."