President Obama said Wednesday in an interview with ABC News that the "fundamentals" of the 2012 race have not changed since last week's debate, a comment that comes amid Democratic fear that Mitt Romney now has the momentum in their match-up.
“Governor Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I've had a bad night,” Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer. "But I think what’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed.”
Polls suggest that the debate has moved voters in Romney's direction. His supporters have been more enthusiastic, and he's been more energetic on the trail. But many analysts believe Obama still has the electoral vote advantage.
He compared the campaign to playing a sport, saying, "If you have a bad game you just move on. You look forward to the next one."
In an earlier interview with radio host Tom Joyner, Obama also acknowledged his poor performance but said it was time to move on. “By next week I think a lot of the hand-wringing will be complete because we’re gonna go ahead and win this," he said.