Obama aides say Romney dishonesty marred debate

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Associated Press

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 7 at 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama tries to gather more campaign cash today in California, his surrogates are continuing to pound the theme that Mitt Romney's success in last week's debate was the result of dishonesty.

Obama strategist David Axelrod told CBS that Obama was "a little taken aback" when Romney, in Axelrod's words, "walked away from his record." Axelrod says there will be adjustments for that in the next two debates.

Romney and Obama are both airing new ads saying their positions have been distorted by their opponent. Obama's ad uses debate footage to argue that Romney grossly misrepresented his own positions as well as Obama's on taxes. Romney's campaign has a new ad claiming that Obama is not telling the truth when he says Romney wants to cut $5 trillion in taxes.

Both campaigns are prepping their running mates for Thursday's vice presidential debate, and trying to keep expectations low. Republican Newt Gingrich suggested to NBC that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan might hold back on any hostility out of respect for Vice President Joe Biden's status as a senior statesman.

Obama is enlisting help from some of his celebrity friends today on his final western fundraising trip. Romney is continuing a Florida campaign trip.

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117-a-14-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, in interview)-"an adjustment for"-President Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod says he knows President Barack Obama will be ready to refute Mitt Romney's statements during the next debate. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)

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118-a-13-(David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, in interview)-"get the deal"-President Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod says Mitt Romney was 'dishonest' with the American people during the debate. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO WXSC116: In this photo provided by CBS News, David Axelrod, adviser to the Obama campaign, talks on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Axelrod spoke about President Barack Obama's intent during the presidential debate and again said he thought Romney was dishonest in his answers. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher) (7 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO WHMC102: President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington for a campaign trip to Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (7 Oct 2012)

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106-a-11-(Ed Gillespie, senior adviser, Romney campaign, in interview)-"to respond to"-Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie says Mitt Romney clearly presented the facts in the debate to explain why his plans are better than President Obama's. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)

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107-q-06-(Ed Gillespie, senior adviser, Romney campaign, in interview)-"down the rates"-Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie had an incomplete answer when asked if Mitt Romney would retract his promise for tax cuts if he finds they would prevent deficit reduction. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (7 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO FLCD105: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (7 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO FLCD103: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets out of his vehicle before he boards his campaign plane in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (7 Oct 2012)

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