Romney's debate performance "unprecedented in its dishonesty" -- White House

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- White House senior political adviser David Plouffe said Mitt Romney's "performance" at the first presidential debate was "probably unprecedented in its dishonesty," and that despite widespread perceptions that Romney won the matchup, the event does not fundamentally alter the campaign.
President Barack Obama and his team will "drive home the message that Romney actually does intend to implement his policies," Plouffe said during a briefing with reporters traveling with Obama late on Thursday to a campaign event in Wisconsin.
Republican presidential nominee Romney's policies "will be problematic in battleground state," Plouffe said, singling out Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Iowa as examples.
"The remarkable thing was that the centerpiece of his campaign, and of his economic strategy, he tried to pretend did not exist last night," Plouffe said, referring to Romney's remarks during the debate in which he repeatedly denied that his economic proposals include a 5 trillion-dollar tax cut.
Plouffe said that was evidence of Romney's "dishonesty," adding, "One of things we are going to have to adjust to is that dishonesty." "It is hard to remember a time in American politics where you had someone who is a major nominee for the presidency, being that fundamentally dishonest toward parts of his campaign platform," Plouffe said.
"Last night, the President talked to the American people about his jobs plans and why Mitt Romney's plans would be devastating for the country," Plouffe said. Obama also focused on issues such as Medicare vouchers and outsourcing, which affect battleground states in the Nov. 6 election.
"We thought he did a very theatrically aggressive performance," Plouffe said of Romney's time on stage with Obama.
Asked if Obama did not expect Romney to be so aggressive and did not rebut him enough, Plouffe said, "Romney was on defensive about his tax cut plan, on defensive about Medicare, on defensive about outsourcing tax breaks." "We expected an aggressive Mitt Romney," Plouffe said. "That is who he is." Romney performed better in the debate than people expected "because recent history would suggest he might start off by insulting half the country," Plouffe said, referring to Romney's videotaped remarks at a private fund-raiser, where he said the 47 percent of non-taxpaying Americans would never vote for him, and they felt entitled to government programs.
Commenting on the debate, Plouffe said that Obama felt "he did a good job" because he projected "steadiness."

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