The first of three Presidential Debates is this Wednesday and it is looking like the best (and maybe only) way for Romney to take charge of this election is to “Win” the debates.
About 53 million people watched the first debate in 2008, so a lot is riding on the respective candidates performance.
So why then did the Democratic National Committee spokesman, Brad
Woodhouse, tell Fox News that Romney will win the first debate?
Are the Democrats really that worried about the President’s debate skills?
Obama deftly dispatched John McCain in 2008- but Romney is not McCain. The Democrats are
either trying to downplay the President so he goes in as the underdog and looks more impressive so if he wins. Or they’re deathly afraid of Obama’s tendency to gaffe and go off message sans a teleprompter.
That’s what I think has the Dems worried.
The Republican primary season saw Romney take part in 23 debates and he held is own if not outright won a majority of those…Even against Newt Gingrich, who is arguably one of the best debaters out there, whether you agree with him or not. Romney also displayed a lot of poise in
these debates when he was down in the polls and managed to claw his way back into the lead through his oratorical skills.
He needs to show emotion about people and “feel their pain” a la Bill Clinton. One of
the biggest problems Mitt has had is in showing that he cares for the “average American.”
And these debates are his last chance to demonstrate that he is indeed likeable.
He needs to sound Presidential and show the American people he is ready to lead on Day One. And he’s going to have to be specific on policies that matter. What will he do to create jobs, what
his energy policy will be and how will it bring down gas prices and if he repeals Obamacare- what will be next for Americans without health insurance.
The time to be specific in is 45 seconds or less Mr. Romney, can you do that?
And last but not least- no $10,000.00 bets or anything else that can be used as a cheap distraction. He’s behind and can’t give the Dems any freebies. Oh and he better be better prepared to explain his 47% comment- the truth hurt a lot of people and he needs to repair that damage.
President Obama just needs to hold his own to come out on top.
And to do that all he has to do is not make any catastrophic mistakes, sound preachy, get defensive, and be respectful of Mr. Romney. If he does those things, he should win.
If he goes off message or allows Romney to get under his skin- Watch Out!