Decision 2012: Romney Campaigns, Obama Interviews, Congress Probes Libya Attack
On Wednesday, Mitt Romney was back out on the campaign trail, while President Barack Obama did a pair of sit-down interviews. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress tried to learn what really happened in the attack on the American Embassy in Libya last month. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
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After a radio interview Wednesday morning where President Barack Obama said he was "too polite" during last week's debate, Obama did a sit-down interview with ABC News.
"I played a lot of sports when I was a kid and still do," the president said. "If you have a bad game, you just move on. You look forward to the next one. It makes you that much more determined."
For Mitt Romney, it was a second straight day campaigning in Ohio. Tapping into the narrative that this is now a full-fledged race, Romney spoke directly to voters about the president's economic record.
"The president says he is for the middle class," Romney said. "How have they done under his presidency? Not so well. I want to help the middle class get good jobs and better take-home pay. I know how to do that."
Romney was joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who at one point seemed to literally overshadow the Republican nominee.
"We just need to get government the hell out of the way and let you succeed," Christie said.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. Initial reports claimed the attack grew out of a spontaneous demonstration.
"Contrary to earlier assertions by the administration, let's understand, there was no protest," said Rep. Darrell Issa.
"The members on this side of the aisle are just as concerned [about what happened] as the members on the other side of the aisle," said Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Romney has been telling a story about previously meeting Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed in the attack. But Wednesday, Doherty's mother asked the Republican nominee to stop invoking her son's name during campaign stops.
All eyes are now on Thursday night's vice presidential debate in Kentucky. Obama is still being criticized for his performance last week, while Romney capitalized on that change in momentum. Joe Biden and Paul Ryan have taken more back-seat roles these last few weeks but the anticipation is they will come out swinging in their first and only debate.