With Romney in the lead, Obama needs to step up his debate game
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are huddled with their debate coaches, prepping for Tuesday night. Coming off a lackluster performance in their first encounter, Obama needs to do better.
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Everybody expects this, as campaign surrogates from both camps emphasized Sunday on the TV news shows.
"He knew when he walked off that stage [of the first debate], and he also knew as he watched the tape of that debate, that he has to be more energetic," Robert Gibbs, an Obama campaign adviser and former White House press secretary, said on CNN's "State of the Union.”
Republicans agree, adding their own negative twist.
"I think President Obama is going to come out swinging," Sen. Rob Portman, who’s playing Obama in Romney's debate rehearsals, said on ABC's "This Week." "He's going to compensate for a poor first debate. And I think that will be consistent with what they've been doing this whole campaign, which is running a highly negative ad campaign.”
“They've spent hundreds of millions around the country, including a lot in Ohio, mischaracterizing Gov. Romney's positions and misrepresenting him,” Sen. Portman said. “I think you'll see that again on Tuesday night.”
"The president can change his style. He can change his tactics. He can't change his record. He can't change his policies,” Romney advisor Ed Gillespie said on CNN. “That's what this election is about.”