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Obama quip: I'll run GOP debates as campaign ads

At his final fundraiser Thursday in New York, a dessert reception at the home of interior decorator Michael Smith, President Obama said his Republican rivals have provided more than enough fodder for his reelection campaign during their debates.

"We're thinking about just running those as advertisements -- little snippets, without commentary.  We'll just sort of -- here you go, this is what they said a while back," he said. 

Later, Obama said the GOP had moved so far to the right that Sen. John McCain is "somebody who, frankly, could never get a nomination in the Republican Party this time out, would be considered too liberal."

After months of GOP candidates beating each other up on the campaign trail, the president's standing in the polls has ticked notably upward.

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