Tonight former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will go head to head once again for the second of three presidential debates. Tonight's debate will look a little different than the last one because it is in the town hall format. This means that well-to-do citizens have posited questions for the nominees to answer. Hopefully, this will result in thoughful respectful answers as a result of the candidates having to respond directly to the concerns of those they wish to serve and not to abstract questions from the moderator.
As far as what to expect, President Obama has undoubtedly lowered expectations for this second debate after his shoddy performance two weeks ago. Pew shows that Obama fell, with 51% thinking he would win the first debate, to 41% thinking he will win the debate tonight. This lowering of expectations could prove beneficial to the president. He need only do better than last time for people to view him favorably — a manageable goal indeed.
The modeator,CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, has apparently sparked concern with both the Obama and Romney campaigns by suggesting that she may take a more prominent role in tonight's debate than expected. The role of the moderator has been widely debated since this series of debates began. It will be interesting to see what role Crowley plays.
I predict that tonight's debate will help the president, but only slightly. Due to vastly different expectations, it will be far more difficult to determine a winner.
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