Obama: I’m Still Trying To Get The Hang Of Debating

Says he’ll be even better in the third and final debate on Monday. Slams Romney’s “sketchy deal” on taxes and jobs.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with a crowd who greeted him upon arrival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday. Jason Reed / Reuters

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — President Barack Obama acknowledged that his debate performance last night was far superior to his first showing at a campaign rally in Iowa — but promised to close out even stronger.

Speaking in a sweltering college gymnasium to a small, but fired up crowd of 2,800 (including 800 in an overflow room), Obama said he’s still sharpening on his skills.

“I’m still trying to figure out how to get the hang of this thing — debating,” he said, as the crowd cheered. “But we’re working on it. We’ll keep on improving as time goes on. We’ve got one left.”

Obama also hit Romney on his tax and jobs plans, repeating his debate line that they are “sketchy.”

“You’ve heard of the new deal, you’ve heard of the fair deal, you’ve heard of the square deal,” Obama said. “Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a sketchy deal.”

“You don’t want to invest in that sketchy deal,” he added.

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