After Thursday’s debate, President Obama andhave sharpened their attacks. Obama addressed thousands of supporters Thursday, calling Romney dishonest and telling the crowd that he was shocked to meet a man who was acting Romney on stage.
The debate, which saw Romney outshine Obama, seems to have irritated the president who is fighting to retool his campaign by questioning the honesty of his rival.
"When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. The real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to favor the wealthy,” Obama said, according to SF Gate. But on Wednesday, Romney said, "I don't know anything about that," the president added.
"The real Mitt Romney said we don't need any more teachers in our classrooms," Obama said, "but last night, he can't get enough of them."
At the same time, the Republican presidential candidate has intensified his attacks on Obama’s vision, saying his ideas are not what Americans believe in.
While attending Colorado’s Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday morning, a reinvigorated Romney said he saw Obama’s vision as trickle-down government and said the people of America will not agree with him.
On Thursday night, saying he was “totally wrong” in an interview, Romney went on to also disown his widely-condemned comment in which he said that the 47% of Americans who supported the president shall expect nothing from him if he comes into power because he believes that the half of America who supported Obama paid no taxes, deemed themselves "victims" and wanted the government to take care of their health and life.
Obama attempted to characterize Romney's debate performance as that of a presidential runner, making attempts to cleverly modify his political profile and move away from his takes on education, health and taxes while failing to offer specifics on billions of dollars he would slash from several programs.
Following the first presidential debate in Denver, the president’s advisers said the president needed not to change strategy, but on Thursday they admitted that a more aggressive tactic is need of the campaign now.
Meanwhile, Obama's Colorado rally kicked off a campaign cycle. The president is set to go to California this week. On Monday, he will visit San Francisco to take part in two fundraisers.