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Bridget Johnson

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October 18, 2012 - 7:40 am

President Obama’s traveling campaign press secretary called the exchange with Mitt Romney over Libya one of the greatest moments ever seen in a presidential debate.

En route to Athens, Ohio, late yesterday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney was fielding questions from the press corps on the Benghazi attack.

Carney said Obama was specifically talking about the Libya assault when he said “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation” in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12. He then accused Romney of trying “to score political points out of this tragedy.”

“I just want to add one quick thing,” said campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “Our view is that the president — the back-and-forth on Libya last night was one of the best moments for the president, one of the best moments in recent debate history. And that’s because the president made clear that being commander in chief is about being a leader. It’s not about political gamesmanship.”

“We think it was one of our better moments — best moments.”

She also said the campaign had “absolutely not” let up on Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia to pay more attention to the northern tier of swing states.

“The same states that were in play and that we’re competing in every single day are the same states today as they were three weeks ago. And that includes Florida, and that includes North Carolina. North Carolina — and Jim Messina has said this many time, so I’ll refer back to his comments — has one of our best ground games in the country. They’ve registered more voters than I think most other swing states, which is an enormous accomplishment,” Psaki said.

“In Florida, that’s a state where we’ll be back very soon — next week — as you know. And we’re absolutely competing on the ground in those states. We believe we can win those states. And nothing has changed in the state of play in terms of the math of where we’re competing.”

Rasmussen Reports’ daily tracking poll has Romney at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent. The first poll based entirely on surveys conducted after Tuesday night’s debate won’t be available until Saturday morning.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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