CHICAGO (CBS) — Outside, on the Clark Street side of City Hall on Tuesday, a voter I met asked me about the presidential debate Monday night, which was watched by more than 50 million people.

Did I like it? Do I understand what the candidates now say? And what about the spinners, who tell us we think we understand what Romney and Obama say, but we don’t – that what we think they say is not what they mean.

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Well excuse me, spinners, but what they say often is not what they mean. I hear what they say, and hear them insist it’s not what they mean. Hear it all the time in the debates and the billion dollars they’re spending to get elected.

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I’ve been hearing it now for months; the candidates for president trying to convince us what they say is not what they mean; the way they carry on – yes, yes, no, no, maybe.

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Half the time, I don’t know what they mean. Problem is, half the time, they don’t know what they mean.