With President Obama and Mitt Romney hunkered down in debate prep, their surrogates took to the airwaves today, as did Steven Colbert, both in and out of character, reports Politico. Assessing Romney's post-debate trajectory, Colbert quipped, "He is on a rocket ride to plausible at this point." He later turned serious in breaking down differences between the two candidates, saying Obama might be "a more aggressive reformer" in his second term, while Romney "might govern as a technocrat." But "he can't tell us what he's gonna do, 'cause he hasn't seen the books yet." If Romney wins, "I hope he's a good president." As for Obama, "I hope he keeps some of the promises he didn't keep the first time." Other highlights from around the Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Lindsey Graham on White House handling of Benghazi attack: "They're trying to sell a narrative that the Mideast, the wars are receding and al-Qaeda has been dismantled. And to admit that our embassy has been attacked undercuts that narrative. They never believed the media would investigate. I think they've been misleading us and it finally caught up with them."
- Robert Gibbs on Romney's handling to Benghazi attack: "We don't need wing tip cowboys. We don't need shot-from-the-hip diplomacy. He has done nothing but politicize what happened in Libya."
- Rob Portman on Ohio: Romney "can probably win the presidency without Ohio, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk. No Republican has." Momentum, however, "is on our side. It's turning our way."
- Beau Biden on his grinning dad: "This isn't about how much my father smiled or how many gallons of water that the congressman drank nervously on that stage. It's about speaking directly to the American people about very important facts."
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