obama & romney*In Las Vegas on Sunday, President Obama told a cheering crowd of supporters that when it comes to debating Mitt Romney is all that and a bag of chips and he’s … “just ok.”

Mr. Obama spoke to a crowd of 11,200 packed onto the soccer field of Desert Pines High School and said Wednesday’s upcoming debate ought to be “a serious discussion” about boosting economic growth and helping the middle class, reports The Ticket.

The media is focused on “who’s going to have the best zingers” and “who’s going to put the most points on the board,” he said, looking to manage expectations for what could be a punchy back-and-forth. “Governor Romney, he’s a good debater. I’m just ok.”

“But what I’m most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing and restore security for hard-working Americans,” Obama said. “That’s what people are going to be listening for. That’s the debate that you deserve.”

So is president playing mind games? It certainly appears that way. in fact, both camps have been trying to shape the expectations for Wednesday’s debate — the first of three pitting the presidential candidates against each other.