“I would like to congratulate Mitt Romney on an excellent performance in the first debate. I would also like to offer him thanks and an apology. The thanks are for validating my belief that my policy positions are the ones that appeal to most Americans. If they didn’t, why would he have spent the entire debate adopting them? In one hour, he changed almost every sincerely held belief that helped to get him the Republican nomination, apparently hoping I’d reciprocate by adopting his positions. The apology is because I must decline. I’m a bit stubborn about standing by my beliefs. I’m sure he’d consider that a weakness, and I hope he can find it in his heart to forgive me.”