The Washington Times - October 7, 2012, 11:02AM

Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday credited Republican candidate Mitt Romney with a “masterful” but “fundamentally dishonest” performance in last week’s presidential debate.

“Governor Romney had a masterful, theatrical performance just this past week, but the underpinnings and foundations of that performance were fundamentally dishonest,” Mr. Gibbs told ABC’s “This Week.”

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“Ten minutes after the debate, even his own staff is walking back his answers on health care and pre-existing conditions,” Mr. Gibbs said. “So, look, I don’t want to take anything away from what I think, again, was a masterful, masterful performance by Governor Romney, but I don’t think Governor Romney’s positions have changed, and fundamentally, I don’t think the campaign has changed.”

He predicted a more robust performance by the president at the next debate: “I think now that Barack Obama has had the opportunity to meet both Mitt Romneys, I don’t doubt that he’ll make some adjustments. I know he’s looking forward to the next debate.”