How important is Wednesday's presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama?
Some anonymous comments:
Both candidates need to show they have and can articulate plans for America's future... not simply scoring political points, something media pundits will surely zero in on.
Obama faces the same dilemma Gore did in 2000. That is, how do you elevate your opponent sufficiently that when you go after him you don't look like a "school yard" bully. Gore didn't do it the right way. Hope Obama does. And, of course Mitt might just be the revealing "twit" he is.
With the latest poll numbers, Romney has to make a good showing to turn around his declineRomney goes in as an underdog. The pressure on him is enormous. It's his last best chance to win.
Romney needs to win big to have a chance in this election. Looking at the recent polls, Obama should stay ahead if he does a credible job.
Romney's star is fading . . . I can't imagine a scenario where the debates could hurt the President's reelection.
If he is to close the gap with Obama, Romney needs to 1) keep to his script and not be allowed to say the first thing that comes to his mind - that has gotten him in lots of trouble, 2) demonstrate to moderate Americans that he repudiates the excesses of the Tea Party and the rest of the far Right, 3) show some empathy to the 47% that he so casually denigrated, 4) show some sense of understanding Americans who are neither rich, privileged, or white. He may be capable of doing all those things, but would probably lose much of his extreme-Conservative superPAC support if he does it.
As long as his handlers can keep Romney from asking why aren't there screen doors on submarines, the GOP has a chance of making up some lost ground.
If Obama doesn't get TKO'd then the race is OVER.
For Romney to have a chance in the election, he must come out the clear winner. A mediocre showing or a draw and it's good night Irene; he won't have a chance.
This race is too close for Obama to not hit it out of the park. Romney has been stepping all over his tongue lately, but there needs to be an obvious difference shown between the two candidates. (Which I'm sure there will be, as Romney doesn't have a firm grasp of any issues, in my opinion.)
If Romney is not the clear winner, his campaign will continue to lose steam and the lead Obama appears to building in swing states will increase exponentially.
It has not been the best of weeks for Romney and there is beginning to be a losing narrative. I believe the polls are much closer, but Romney needs the kind of boost a clear victory could give him. It will have to be a very obvious victory or the press will not recognize it--perhaps even then.
The debates will help shape the news media dialogue for the next two weeks.
The rails are coming off the Romney campaign. A win or even a good showing by Obama will help put the nail in the coffin. Of course, this only applies to all states except Utah where people will vote for Romney no matter what he does or says.
Who do you think stands the best chance of winning the first presidential debate?
Some anonymous comments:
Romney is doing his best to kept his real political beliefs hidden... or he simply may not have any. He says whatever will get him elected... He is more an actor than a true political leader.
"Wins" are unlikely due the spin machines the minute it ends.
I'm certain Mitt would make a great president, but he just can't seem to relate to the "regular' guy.
I haven't seen any evidence that Romney is really good on his feet.
I don't think Romney can keep his thoughts together for the duration of the debate. He will probably contradict himself mid sentence a number of times.
He (Obama) has the advantage of incumbency. He knows the details of the job, particularly foreign policy. A great deal depends on the questions and how much the moderator presses them for specific answers.
The President is an extremely eloquent and accomplished public speaker who thinks well on his feet. In past weeks, Mitt Romney has caused huge difficulties for himself every time he strays off script.
They should both be good debaters.
Mitt has been debating all through the Primary Season but Obama is a masterful speaker. It will be close.
Winning will be in the eye of the beholder. But Obama has the clearest plans and explanations and has the gift to deliver his lines much better than Mitt. I think Obama will win 60-40 and the debates coming up will only confirm his better fit for the presidency.
The President is clearly the most well informed and most articulate candidate. He will make mincemeat out of Romney. Just watching the small clips between the two run by Brian Williams in regard to education showed how simplistic Romney was in his assessment, and how much more complex the President's views were.
Obama has a better handle on the issues and is better on his feet. The debates are about style and presentation rather than substance (unless someone screws up badly on an issue like Gerald Ford). Romney might be prettier but Obama is smarter and quicker.
Romney isn't good off the cuff. He will use his prepared statements and trot out the same old bullet points but when it comes to really answering the tough questions, he can't pull it off.
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