The first Presidential Debate happens Wednesday, and the the pundit world, the GOP and the Romney camp are out in full force with no apparent consensus on the debates’ importance to Romney’s campaign, the candidate’s abilities, or how he should approach it.
Paul Ryan told Chris Wallace Sunday:“I don’t think one event is going to make or break this campaign… President Obama is a gifted speaker, This is Mitt’s first time on this kind of a stage.”
(Except of course for the 20 or so debates he participated in in the GOP primary.)
Chris Christie: predicts that Romney will “turn the presidential race around” in the upcoming debate…
Karl Rove: “While Mr. Romney must point out the president’s misrepresentations, he can’t take on the role of fact-checker-in-chief.”
Laura Ingraham: “If he comes across as too negative, that could be risky… I think Romney could win this debate with one genuinely good human moment…”
Well, you can just watch:
And cutting right to the chase -
Bill Lacy, Reagan campaign veteran: “He cannot continue to flounder around.”
As for voters, according to Mediaite:
“…a Washington Times/Zogby poll released Sunday shows 49 percent of voters believe that President Obama is more likely to win Wednesday night’s debate while only 26 percent said the same of Romney. Among independent voters, 46 percent say Obama will win compared to just 17 percent for Romney.”
I personally hate debates, but the mere possibility of Romney big-time flip-flopping, or taking that final step off the cliff makes it too tempting to pass this one up.