msnbc | October 13, 2012
>> let's get what the president's doing today. studying, i believe.
>> yeah, training camp , debate camp , call it what you will. you remember he went for three days before that first debate to nevada. of course a swing state . he goes to another swing state . but a little bit closer to home to train for another three days to practice to go over the issues, the answers, the zingers, perhaps, at least to be more aggressive. that's what the white house is promising. he's going to be very local here in williamsburg, virginia. perhaps about a two-hour drive. although the president, of course, is going to be flying down there. he's there for three days. he's going to be ensconced behind closed doors . no public events on the president's schedule before he goes to hoff extra university on new york's long island for the debate tuesday night. we've heard the president himself say perhaps he was a little bit too polite in that first debate when the consensus has congealed around the idea that he really got thumped. joe biden as you were discussing earlier picked up a little of the slack. gave the base the red meat they were looking for. and the white house is certainly intimating that the president is going to be more aggressive. but joe biden is joe biden and president obama is president obama . two different types of personalities. two different approaches, two different rhetorical styles. let's see if the base is as happy with president obama on wednesday morning as they were with joe biden yesterday morning.
>> yeah. mike, can you tell us a little more about this new obama campaign tv ad ?
>> well, i think this is a case of going back to the formula that had helped build that lead in the polls prior to that first debate. you know, the so-called likability gap. the idea that mitt romney is out of touch with the average american . going back to this issue of his taxes not only has he not released his tax returns , as many presidential candidates have in the past, of course, but he's effectively paid a 14% rate on his taxes, and that is something that is a lower rate paid on investment income. let's have a listen to a little bit of that ad.
>> you've paid 14% in federal taxes. that's the capital gains rate. is that fair to the guy who makes $50,000 and paid a higher rate than you did? so you think it is fair?
>> yeah, i think it's -- it's the right way you encourage economic growth.
>> lower tax rates for him than us. is that the way to grow america?
>> and so it goes, alex. the president leaving the white house just a little later this morning.
>> mike viqueira, thank you very