Former President Bill Clinton described on Friday analysis of the presidential debates as a distraction, and said the Republicans -- including presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- are playing "hide and seek" with their proposals.
As the presidential campaign enters its final stretches, voters tuned in this month by the millions to see and evaluate the candidates. The second presidential debate - held on Tuesday - was watched by over 65.6 million people, according to a Nielsen rating, which said that some 67.1 million watched the first debate held on October 3.
But Clinton said the talk of "body language and who's grunting and who's smiling and all that" is irrelevant.
"Folks, that doesn't make a lick of difference in your life," he said in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "That's designed to distract you from what the impact of what these folks are advocating on real people is. That's all I care about."
Clinton spoke following what voters watching the debate saw as a draw, according to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted the evening of the debate. Those watching the earlier meeting of Obama and Romney said in a CNN survey that Romney emerged the clear winner.
Obama and Romney meet for their third and final debate on Monday in Florida with just over two weeks remaining until Election Day.
The former president said Republicans are playing "hide and seek" and digging a hole with their proposals.
"What if you got hired to fill in a hole," Clinton said. "I want you to fill in for me and I'll pay you $25 an hour to do it. So you get a shovel, and I assume you're gonna get some dirt and put it in the hole.
"But instead, you jump in the hole and dig it deeper," he continued. "And you say, 'I need to exercise. I just want to make it a little deeper before I start to fill it in.' That's the Romney budget. That's the Republican budget."
Clinton's event was attended by Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat. Two polls recent polls in the race - a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey and a Marquette University sample - show a tight race between Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson within the surveys' sampling errors.