This weekend a friend pegged me down on the three things I think each horse must do to win the debate Tuesday night. What do you think are the keys to either an Obama debate comeback or second big win for Romney?

Obama:

1. Deliver passion without losing control (see Biden, Joe).
The President needs to go from a 2 to an 8 on the energy scale. Biden clocked 17.

2. Get his story straight on Libya.
The issue isn’t going away and he’s got to show the buck stops with him.

3. Convince Americans he wants the job.
There is a growing perception that he’s disinterested in the process. If he can’t fight for the job, Americans will fire him.


Romney:

1. Stay humble.
Expectations are sky high after his historic drubbing of the president. He must approach this debate as if they’ve never debated before and avoid overconfidence.

2. Lay out details.
Romney has been hammered that his campaign has been light on specifics, long on promises. He needs to fill in gaps in his plans before Obama does during the 90-minute brawl.

3. Have a moment.
Romney needs a public moment like the kind many people say he’s had in private as a church and business leader. He needs an exchange at the townhall-style debate when he looks in someone’s eyes and doesn’t just say he feels their pain, he shows it. He needs a connection that makes viewers wish they were in the audience.

Comments

  • German Observer

    Quoting Brian:
    “The problem Obama had last debate was due to a complete and utter lack
    of knowledge to sustain himself for ninety minutes against Mitt Romney, a
    man of substance. Will two weeks of cramming index cards make up for 25
    years of a non existent resume to pull from.”

    Brian, what weed are you smoking? Did you read the transscript of the first debate? Obama clearly lost on style, no doubt about it. But by no means he lost on substance. You seriously claim a sitting president to have a lack of competence about the issues? That certainly have been true regarding W., but not for Obama, read the transscript again.

    And speaking about substance, as so often, it s so telling what is NOT discussed on PD, rather than what is. What was Romneys substance in the first debate? He flip-flopped on quite everything he stated to be in the primaries. He did exactly what everybody here was fearing during the proimaries and what gave Smurfs like Cain, Santorum, Gingrich their moment in the light: flip-flopping, have no substance, no convictings, shake the etch-a-sketch. And there is and was not outcry on PD, but enthisiastic cheering. I wonder where Whodat hides.

    And regarding your claim about a non-existent resume, well I think Obama accomplished quite a lot for himself and for the community, he was living in – without beeing born with the silverspoon in his mouth. Also its worth to have a few minutes on this piece from David Stockman, no Democrat but an important character in the Reagan-administration:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/14/david-stockman-mitt-romney-and-the-bain-drain.html

    Does not sound like the great business-expertise, Romney claims to have.

    Apart of that, I largely agree with the list above. For Obama esspecially no 1 seems to be important. In soccer-terms heshould nit try to have a 6:0, a 3:1 is quite sufficient. I would add two things: give a clearer answer to the question, what he wants to do in the next four years. What is the reason to vote for him, rahther than always stressing why not to vote for the other guy. Secondly (which seems to contradict no. 1, but does nit really): get Romney on, when he continues lying and flipflopping.

    For Romney I also would say, taht no. 1 of the list is most important. He had a nice success last time, but needs to show some sustainability, therwise that might hae been just a short flirt with the electorate.

    • Anonymous

      The man was completely in over his head. I am sorry you missed that. When Mitt turns to him and says “I have been in business for 25 years and I have no idea what you are talking about” , the only response from BO was to put his head down.

      It was abysmal on tv on radio on transcript or any other format you so choose. The fact he spent the last week cramming to be prepared says it all. People who know stuff about stuff don’t have to regurgitate memorized cram sessions.

      • German Observer

        “People who know stuff about stuff don’t have to regurgitate memorized cram sessions.”

        Like Palin, that you voted for four years before?

        • Anonymous

          Exactly like Palin, yes.

  • Anonymous

    Good advice on both sides.

    I honestly feel the pressure is by far on Obama. Mitt needs to be just be strong and steady as he has almost always been in most debates. On the other hand, Barack has an expectation he must meet after the endless news reporting of his cram sessions and political makeover he is going through. Will he over play his hand, like Slow Joe, or, will Obama be a No-Show once again. The problem Obama had last debate was due to a complete and utter lack of knowledge to sustain himself for ninety minutes against Mitt Romney, a man of substance. Will two weeks of cramming index cards make up for 25 years of a non existent resume to pull from. We shall see. One thing is for sure, it will be fun to watch.

    OK, Jason. Five years in PD with no mention of your starring role in a B horror flick? What gives?

    I think you may have made the right decision to become a writer in leu of acting, however.

    • David Kaiser, Editor

      Brian what website do you read? Fountain and I have made several references to the fact that Wright appears in what many call “the worst movie ever.”

      • Jason Wright, Editor

        THIS POST HAS BEEN DELETED FOR CONTAINING POTENTIALLY LIBELOUS AND MALICIOUS CONTENT.

        • Anonymous

          ^^^^ Nice!^^^

        • David Kaiser, Editor

          You are just mad because I’m winning your “Quote that photo” contest on your Facebook page!

          • https://twitter.com/#!/PD_Scott Scott A. Robinson, Editor

            What’s the url for that? I want to make sure you win.

      • Anonymous

        Somehow that got past me. Are you one of the “many”?

        I must admit a writing career was without a doubt a right career move for Jason. Had he stayed in Hollywood he would be the hot topic on TMZ every week by now.