Obama on the Offensive
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MADISON, WI--A day after the first presidential debate, President Obama touches down in Wisconsin. President Obama spoke to thousands of supporters late Thursday at UW Madison as he tries to rally Wisconsin to vote for him.
The visit shows true signs that Wisconsin is still a major player this election season and experts say it's a way for President Obama to measure his success after Wednesday night's debate.
"Go badgers!" said President Obama to a cheering crowd.
President Obama leaves his mark in our battleground state just one day after the first presidential debate. President Obama rallied a crowd of thousands in Madison, many of them young voters, asking them to head to the polls early.
"In just 18 days, on October 22nd, Wisconsin gets to start voting early," said President Obama.
Political experts say President Obama is in Wisconsin to gain ground with undecided voters. But also to measure support after his first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
"By coming to a state that is a battleground state and saying 'What did it do to me? Am I getting any kind of a bump? Any kind of support? And trying to reinforce that message from the debate while it is fresh in people's minds," said political analyist Jim Morrison.
A new CNN poll says two thirds of people who watched the debate think Mitt Romney won the faceoff. But with two more presidential debates, the president is working hard to turn those numbers around.
"We can't afford to double down on the same top down economic policies that got us into this mess. That is not a jobs plan," said President Obama.
This marks the sixth trip to Wisconsin for the Obama campaign in the last month and a half, and the president's second trip here in less than two weeks.