romney: I was actually hoping the President would bring Joe Biden along this evening 'Cause he'll laugh at anything!
Just 48 hours after their most heated and personal debate yet, President Obama and Governor Romney, dialed things back only a tad at the Al Smith dinner, using humor to make some subtle political points.
Romney in the spirit of Sesame Street:, the President's remarks are brought you tonight by the letter O and the number 16 trillion. [laughter]
Obama: This is the third time Governor Romney and I have met recently. As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy in our second debate, I felt really well rested after the nice long nap I had in the first debate. [laughter]
Romney: As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room with everyone in white tie and finery, you have to wonder what he is thinking, so little time, so much to redistribute!
Obama: After my foreign trip in 2008, I was attacked as a celebrity because I was so popular with our allies overseas and I have to say I'm impressed with how well Gov. Romney has avoided that problem!
The President actually was a bit more serious during his appearance on "The Daily Show," a stop his campaign is encouraging as a way to try and see if a so-far stagnant youth vote can get re-energized like 2008.
stewart: Do you feel that you have a stronger affirmative case for a 2nd Barack Obama Presidency or a stronger negative case for Mitt Romney Presidency?
obama: I think I've got a strong case on both ends. I do think that part of the President's job is not only moving forward on things that will work but also preventing things that won't work.
Benghazi also came up.
Stewart: I would say, even you would admit, It was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page.
Obama: Here's what I'd say. If four Americans get killed, it's not optimal. we're going to fix it. and all of it.
Dispatching Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton to Ohio and Iowa, the Obama Campaign is pulling out all the stops to try and lock down those two states plus Wisconsin in what the campaign hopes is a midwestern electoral vote firewall. new nbc/wsj/marist polls show the President still holds on to leads in both Iowa and Wisconsin.
He's up 6 points in Wisconsin and has an 8 point lead in Iowa.
This may end up a knock down drag out fight to the finish in the swing states, but for one night in Manhattan, these two candidates had a few nice things to say about each other.
Romney: Our President has had some very fine and gracious moments. Don't tell anyone I said so, but our 44th President has many gifts and a beautiful family that would make any man proud.
Obama: I admire him very much as a family man and a loving father. Those are 2 titles that will always matter more than any political ones.