Via The Hill:

Obama campaign deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter argued Thursday that the presidential race was “roughly the same as where it was before” Mitt Romney’s consensus victory over President Obama in the first of the presidential debates.

“I think that Romney made modest gains, there’s no doubt about that,” Cutter told MSNBC. “But the race is essentially the same as it was.”

The argument drew criticism from the “Morning Joe” panel, which dismissed Cutter’s claim as “spin” and insisted repeatedly that the president was “hemorrhaging” after his performance.

“What I was trying to say is that this election, we’ve always said, this election is going to come down to the wire,” Cutter responded. “It’s going to be very close. we’ve always known that, and we’ve always said it. it will continue to be that way over the next, what is it, 25 days now.”