UPDATE: President sharpens criticism of Romney
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama continues to point out what he contends are a series of deliberate misstatements by rival Mitt Romney.
A day after the first presidential debate, the Obama campaign is pointing to Romney's positions on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class.
Speaking to about 30,000 people in the college town of Madison, Wis., Obama said he's searching for the "real Mitt Romney."
Vice President Joe Biden sounded a similar theme earlier in a rally in Iowa. Biden said says presidential races "get down to character" and candidates must mean and do what they say.
His aides conceded Thursday that the incumbent must get sharper in countering his opponent and crisper in explaining his ideas to the American people.
The heart of Obama's new message with less than five weeks to go: Romney is a liar.
Expect that theme -- expressed in softer terms from the president than from his aides -- to drive Obama's advertising and messaging for days.
Obama's debate showing on Wednesday was rusty, rambling and cautious, but his aides insist he emerged with a real opening to target Romney's candor.
Baldwin spoke Thursday before President Barack Obama took the stage before 30,000 people on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. University police provided the crowd estimate.
Baldwin is locked in a tight battle for Wisconsin's open Senate seat with Republican Tommy Thompson.
Baldwin says Americans saw a clear contrast between Obama and Romney during Wednesday night's debate. She says that while Romney is rewriting his past, Obama is focused on moving the nation's economy forward.
Baldwin also drew loud cheers when she mentioned Wisconsin's history making things like paper, ships, and "cheese, brats and beer."
Retiring Sen. Herb Kohl also appeared at the rally.