Robert Gibbs thinks Mitt Romney and David Blaine have more in common than you think. On CNN's State of the Union, Gibbs said Romney's performance in the first debate was "magical and theatrical," as if he pulled a rejuvenated campaign out of a hat. He said Romney, "walked away from a campaign he'd been running for more than six years previous to that." The next debate is on Tuesday, and it's hosted but State of the Union's Candy Crowley. Gibbs could use a lesson in lowering expectations, though, as he promised a strong performance from the President. "The president will be very forward looking, very conscious of making sure people understand the choice in this election," Gibbs said. "There's a very big difference in how each of these candidates sees the economy going forward. Whether we're going to invest in the middle class or cut taxes on the wealthy and hope it all trickles down." He should have said the President was just going to rehash his last debate performance. Although, the big promises strategy worked for Chris Christie.
David Axelrod went on Fox News Sunday to sort out Joe Biden's maybe conflicting report on the White House's Libya knowledge from the debate. Biden said, "we weren't told they wanted more security," which seemed to conflict with testimony given to Congress. "These requests go into the security professionals into the State Department," Axelrod explained. "It didn't come to the White House -- and that was what the vice president was responding to." Chris Wallace pressed Axelrod to see if the President took responsibility for everything that happened after the attacks. "At the top-line level, the president of the United States takes responsibility for everything that happens on his watch," Axelrod said. He also went after Romney for "cravenly" trying to use the Libya attacks to gain an edge on national security. "There's no doubt that he's working hard to exploit this issue," Axelrod said.