Aboard President Obama's plane, adviser David Plouffe argued that Mitt Romney's victory in Wednesday's debate was in part the product of a media desire for a certain narrative.
"You guys may disagree with me," he told the media he was critiquing, but "people are itching to write the Romney comeback story."
Plouffe said it would only be a true comeback if Romney's poll numbers in key battlegrounds improve.
"We thought he did a very theatrically aggressive performance," he said. "Is that going to change minds in places like Ohio, Nevada and Virginia? We'll have to see, but that's the measure."
"Is he going to take the lead in Ohio?" he continued. "If he doesn't, he's not going to be president."
Later Plouffe answered his own question, saying, "We don't think it fundamentally alters the race."