Sununu: Obama did poorly in the debate because he’s ‘lazy’

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John Sununu is at it again. The former New Hampshire governor, Bush I chief of staff and current Mitt Romney surrogate said the reason for President Barack Obama‘s less than stellar debate performance Wednesday night is because he’s “lazy.”

Sununu, who previously has stated Obama “needs to learn how to be an American” (despite himself being a naturalized citizen) made the comments on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Asked by Mitchell to assess Romney’s performance, Sununu instead pivoted to attack Obama.

“What people saw last night was I think a president that revealed his incompetence; how lazy, and detached he is, and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are, and how he has failed to even to address them,” Sununu said. “I think even the liberal press reacted with shock at this revelation and I find it fascinating now this morning after they’ve slept to watch them all scrambling around to clean up the mess the president left on the floor last night.”

Mitchell offered Sununu a chance to take back the remark, asking if he really meant to call the president of the United States “lazy.”

“Yes,” Sununu replied. “I think you saw him admit it the night before when he delivered the pizzas when he said, ‘they’re making me do this work.’ He didn’t want to prepare for this debate. He’s lazy and disengaged.”

The Romney campaign did not respond to an email request for comment.

Read the full transcript below:

ANDREA MITCHELL: Well, governor,  I know you’re not gonna be shy so: how do you think he did, and are you pleased by the performance? He’s gotten rave reviews almost universally.

JOHN SUNUNU: What people saw last night was I think a president that revealed his incompetence; how lazy and detached he is, and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are, and how he has failed to even to address them. I think even the liberal press reacted with shock at this revelation, and I find it fascinating now this morning after they’ve slept, to watch them all scrambling around to clean up the mess the president left on the floor last night.”

On the other hand, Mitt Romney came in with a lot of specifics, a lot of very sharp knowledge of issues. Not only with the Obama version of bumper sticker numbers, but the governor showed he understands policy, and he understands how to make policy into law, talking about what he did in Massachusetts.

MITCHELL: Governor, I … I want to give you a chance to, to maybe take it back. Did you really mean to call Barack Obama, the president of the United States, lazy?

SUNUNU: Yes — I think you saw him, admit it the night before when he delivered the pizzas when he said, ‘they’re making me do this work.’He didn’t want to prepare for this debate. He’s lazy and disengaged.