On today’s Sunday shows: Supporters of both candidates aggressively spun Wednesday’s presidential debate—and set up expectations for the next round; experts debunked a conspiracy theory surrounding Friday’s unemployment numbers; and former Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a contrary view, saying the conspiracy theory “rings true to people.”
Mitt Romney: Too Much Style?
In a surreal reversal of the critique leveled at President Obama since he accepted the Democratic nomination four years ago, the president’s supporters argued on Sunday that Mitt Romney was all sizzle and no steak in the first presidential debate.
Axelrod: Republicans Rooting for a Bad Economy
Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said Romney’s strong debate performance on Wednesday could be chalked up to showmanship and dishonesty, and suggested that Republicans are rooting for a bad economy.
Gillespie: Debate Was Substance, Not Style
Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said the candidate’s strong performance in the first presidential debate was about substance, not style, responding to Democratic attacks.
Gibbs: Romney Gave a ‘Masterful Theatrical Performance’
Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs attempted to dismiss the now-widespread assessment that Mitt Romney won Wednesday night’s first presidential debate, saying, “Governor Romney had a masterful theatrical performance.”
Priebus Tries to Control Expectations for Ryan in VP Debate
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus sought to tamp down expectations for Rep. Paul Ryan in the upcoming vice presidential debate this week.
Gingrich: Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair is Symbolic of Obama’s Debate Performance
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Clint Eastwood may have been right about President Obama.
Budget Wonks Say the Books Were Not Cooked on Jobs Report
Two budget wonks who sifted through Friday’s surprising jobs numbers say the books were not cooked, answering conspiracy theories about a report that may have helped Obama’s case.
Gingrich: Jack Welch Conspiracy Theory on Jobs ‘Rings True to People’
Gingrich said business tycoon Jack Welch’s assessment that Friday's jobs numbers were fabricated "rings true to people," adding that Welch’s distrust of the president is representative of many American businessmen.
Ayotte, O’Malley Spar Over Jobs Numbers
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley faced off over Friday’s jobs numbers, with O’Malley emphasizing private-sector job growth and Ayotte arguing the unemployment rate is still too high.
Schwarzenegger: Presidential Race is ‘Wide Open’
Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former governor of California, said the presidential race is “wide open,” adding that there is plenty of time left for events to shift in favor of either candidate.
O’Malley on Romney’s Tax Plan: ‘We saw Big Bird Meet the Big Lie’
After Mitt Romney's claim that he would cut government funding for PBS sparked an uproar during Wednesday's debate, O'Malley seized on Big Bird's newfound political capital to jab Romney on his tax proposal. "In this debate we saw Big Bird meet the big lie," O'Malley said.
Van Hollen: Romney Tax Math ‘Dead Wrong’
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, criticized Mitt Romney’s tax plan, saying that the candidate’s math did not add up.
Strickland, DeWine Debate Presidential Performance in Ohio
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine debated which presidential candidate will have more momentum in Ohio heading into the last 30 days of the presidential race.
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