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US election: President Obama: 'I can make a better case'

US President Barack Obama has defended his performance in the first televised presidential debate of the 2012 election campaign.

Mr Obama, who is known for his oratorical skills, was criticised for what many saw as a lacklustre job.

Speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer, the president said there was "no doubt [he] could make a better case" to the public, and dismissed his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, as a "salesman".

Looking ahead to Thursday's vice presidential debate, Mr Obama declined to offer any advice to his running mate, saying "Joe [Biden] just needs to be Joe."

Clips courtesy of ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

  • 11 Oct 2012
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