Obama comes out swinging after lackluster debate

(CBS News) President Obama came out swinging on Thursday, emerging on the campaign trail after Wednesday night's debate as a more aggressive and combative candidate, reported CBS News' Nancy Cordes on "CBS This Morning."

In a speech to 30,000 supporters in Wisconsin, the president took issue with Mitt Romney's honesty throughout the race. "Gov.r Romney may dance around his positions, he may do a tap dance or a two-step, but if you want to be president you owe the American people the truth."

Mr. Obama is attempting to turn the tables after what many say was an underwhelming debate performance. Biden was on the campaign trail, but he may not have helped his running mate's case, when he implied to an Iowa crowd that he and the president want to raise taxes.

"You know the phrase they always use. Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes, we do, in one regard," Biden explained. "We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That's not a tax raise, that's called fairness where I come from."

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan used Biden's tax comment as a talking point in their criticism of their Democratic opponents.

"The vice president blurted out the truth today," Romney said. "They plan on raising taxes on the American people and that will kill jobs. We will not let that happen."

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