By Hillary Busis
Updated October 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM EDT
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Saturday Night Live blamed altitude sickness and regret at missing out on his wedding anniversary. Jon Stewart blamed his “mouth language.” But President Obama himself has another explanation for his lackluster performance in last Wednesday’s presidential debate: “I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite,” he told a Houston radio host this morning. And the POTUS has no intention of letting that happen again.

The titular host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show was frank with POTUS this morning, bluntly asking him, “What happened at the debate?” Here’s Obama’s full response:

Translation: At the next debate on Oct. 16, the gloves are coming off. I expect nothing less than a straight-up fight to the death, preferably one that begins with both candidates summoning their respective zords. (Romney’s is a mighty elephant; Obama’s is a donkey, but a cool one.) They could also each choreograph a big, Bring It On-style cheer routine; I’m not picky.

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