NEW YORK, NY (WUSA) --- The two presidential candidates shared a podium Thursday night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, raising money for a well-known Catholic charity with deep political roots in the city.
"I'm pleased the President is here. We chatted pleasantly as if Tuesday never happened," said Republican candidate Mitt Romney, making reference to Tuesday's contentious debate with President Obama.
The format of the dinner calls upon candidates to make humorous remarks, and each obliged.
When President Obama was introduced and the crowd came to its feet, he said, "Please take your seats. Otherwise, Clint Eastwood will yell at them."
"I was hoping the President would bring Joe Biden along this evening because he will laugh at anything," Romney said, making reference to the Vice-president's demeanor in his last debate.
Citing new unemployment figures, Romney said President Obama might take advantage of the improvement by offering a "compelling new campaign slogan: You're better off now than you were four weeks ago."
Each man ended his remarks by praising his opponent for being an admirable family man.