New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Mitt Romney scored a political "knockout" in his debate with President Barack Obama Wednesday night and predicted he would "do it again" later this month when the two candidates square off again.
"He came out last night and said, 'Here's where I want to take America, here's my vision,' and I don't think the president was ready to answer that," Christie said Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
He said Romney had scored a "knockout" with his command of the issues, adding, "I think he's going to do it again" in the next two presidential debates on Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.
Christie had predicted last Sunday during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" that Romney would do much better in the debates than people expected, including many conservatives in his own Republican Party who had been critical of their nominee.
The GOP governor said Americans, and liberal pundits in particular, would wake up on Thursday morning looking at a different, more confident candidate and the clear winner of the first debate.
"Nobody was paying attention," Christie said on Morning Joe, noting that one of Romney's strongest characteristics is that he is "very competitive" and when pushed to the wall always seems to come through.
Christie said Obama should have been better prepared for his first debate with Romney, given the fact that he had performed so well in the primary debates earlier this year with other GOP presidential contenders.
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