Presidential debate: round two preview

Patrick Ryan, News Editor

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Tonight will be the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama, and the challenger, Mitt Romney. The debate follows the Vice Presidential debate just a week before between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden, which, was a split decision on the victor based on whom you ask. That debate focused mainly on taxes, healthcare and foreign policy.

With tonight’s topics focusing mainly on foreign and domestic policy, in a town hall meeting format, Romney has the chance to deliver the knockout punch to the Obama/Biden campaign.

Just over two weeks ago, Romney established himself, across the table from Obama, exemplifying what he really could do on a national debate stage, the same way he did during the GOP Primary Elections this past year.

With just one more debate remaining in the 2012 presidential campaign season after tonight. If President Obama loses tonight, he and Vice President Joe Biden will have some serious catching up to do if they want to stand a chance on Nov. 6, Election Day. Obama will need to be flawless in the next debate on Oct. 22 as well as, with Biden, additional campaigning rallies.

Although Romney is typically considered much better in the foreign policy department, anything can happen, especially when, not if, healthcare is brought up.

All you have to do is look back just a few weeks where Romney took everyone by surprise and defeated Obama in the first presidential debate by a landslide, according to most polling sources such as the PEW Research Center, Gallup, and Rasmussen.

Watch for Obama to be extremely aggressive tonight against Romney. If he is overly aggressive thought, it will make him look cocky, ignorant, or otherwise bad for his presidential image and bid for reelection. The president must be able to find the happy medium, the same way Romney did in the first debate in order to exemplify to the viewers of tonight’s debate that he deserves to spend another four years in the White House.

As I mentioned earlier, with just one presidential debate remaining after tonight’s, and three weeks until Election Day, this is going to be an incredibly important debate, no matter the turnout. Obama must be able to perform tonight. If Romney beats him the same way he did on Oct. 3, the election probably wont even be close, judging from recent polling numbers.

The debate will be airing tonight on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC from 9:00-10:30 p.m. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate the debate. The debate will be held in a town hall meeting format. Undecided voting citizens, selected by the Gallup Organization will ask the candidates questions focusing mainly on foreign and domestic issues. Each candidate will then have two minutes to respond and an additional minute to construct a discussion, originating from the moderator.

No matter who you think should be the next, or remain the president of the United States, do your civic duty on Nov. 6 by getting out there and voting. The future of the country depends on it.

 

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