Round 2: Romney vs. Obama
Who will stand out in town hall debate?
- Duration 7:02
- Date Oct 14, 2012
Who will stand out in town hall debate?
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I don't governor Romney still doing a bit of a boost in the polls after that first debate a Fox News poll taken right after the debate shows he jumps three points among likely voters putting him one point ahead of President Obama.
Get some help in some key swing states as well but can he keep up the momentum.
Joining us now to break it all down Charlie -- from the -- -- times AB Stoddard columnist for the hill.
And -- -- powers Fox News contributor and Daily Beast columnist welcomed you all face heavier today.
-- -- start with you.
This bump for governor Romney out of the first debate.
The Obama camp is not going to be caught off guard this time they've made that clear that they are prepped and ready to go.
How -- think that the president will go -- trying to make up ground in this next -- why.
And -- he won't do we did last time which is he didn't prepare enough and I don't think he took it seriously enough and so of course now they're saying he's been cramming for four days and he's preparing.
It's also better format for him I think because he's not I have to deal with Romney coming at him as much the town hall format and so.
What he'll have to focus on more is not seeming condescending to the voter you know if somebody doesn't seem grateful enough to -- -- something Annie -- gets irritated.
But I expect that he will be.
Obsolete prepared -- -- just.
Beyond you know anything that he would need a BDC this format does favor the president.
Not necessarily because Mitt Romney has really not only become better debater throughout the primaries.
-- much better than he was in 20078.
Or even Tony -- and but he's really much calmer now honest I'm much more confident he's literally letting his hair down it's hanging over I -- any kind of wonderful time and that's what we saw on the first debate is that he was really having a great -- really wants the job he made Obama look like she was checked out and didn't even really want the job.
So and he's going to be good with the voters in the give and take.
From President Obama could authority as -- here's some points out could it could get a -- can be condescending and be a little.
Put out if it's not going exactly like he had planned -- -- needs to find his sort of inner warmth that Joseph Biden and Bill Clinton both have.
And -- as convincing as they have on behalf of his own record but even more so -- any factual errors without aggression.
He was really he got a pass and he doesn't understand that in 2000 because McCain was so consistently grumpy.
In all three of the debates that it was a different setting.
Now he's -- incumbent and Romney has this unflappable really calm friendly.
Way about him in those settings and he doesn't get thrown off season so the president tries -- really risks.
Throwing himself off I think.
And and we know from the past that -- begins who've done well enough first match up and there was sort of you know the reconfiguring by the the one who didn't do so -- -- -- who came back strong in the last hill.
Do you think Romney keeps the -- charity can the president will be able to the sort of -- the -- I.
I think there's a real risk that there could be -- an over correction.
On the part of Obama camp.
-- partly because.
Joseph Biden's bizarre.
Performance during the vice presidential debate it.
At some point it could sort of begin to -- get into people's minds that they're not taking this seriously.
And if that is in fact the case.
All the warmth in the world from Obama is not gonna gonna help him but I do think that it is there isn't he has the advantage because.
-- -- Mitt Romney has always had difficulty kind of relating to us earthlings.
And and if you in that sort of format it's that's going to be highlighted and -- but it but I also think that he is either.
He's so blew me away with that performance I didn't know music capable of doing that well.
And it has an interesting we understand that he's really pushed if you watch the campaign speeches and him out on the stump today to talk to humanize himself more to tell more personal stories.
To be more relatable to be left questions in the audience so we'll see how it works this time around -- want to talk about some specific polling.
Here's -- let's look at Florida because.
There's apparently been a shift in there.
And the one poll that came out on its own post debate -- getting much attention to the -- times -- Mason Dixon.
Has Obama at 44 -- at 51 that seems like quite a change from what we've seen it before -- real clear politics average has -- much closer but still giving the edge by two percentage points.
The what does the president need to do in Florida to get voters -- -- work -- it's going to be key state of course.
You know I have to say I'm I'm sort of surprising how volatile.
-- this this election has been considering that people are pretty much in their corners and you have a few independents right so Florida has been something wire.
I think it a year ago we Ehlers said it's gonna go Republican like.
We didn't chances of Democrats winning at very low.
Then it started looking like more recently it was starting to -- -- Obama's -- and -- -- the campaign was feeling really good about it -- the Paul Ryan is actually.
Romney there and then you have a poll like this.
-- idea it I'm I'm a little bit a loss to know why these people are moving around so much the only thing that I can say is that they're obviously not happy with Obama and they're looking for alternative.
And what happened was an alternative showed up at that debate and and just had to meet certain threshold.
To say okay this guy actually -- he he could.
He could be president.
And so what has to happen in the next debate is Obama's gonna have to convince people.
That a no he's not ready to be president and B -- you gotta stay with me because I'm taking were on the right track from moving in the right direction you don't want -- change horses in midstream.
-- much tighter race in Ohio where they averages there are going in favor of the president of course that is a key state for anybody wants to get to the White House.
They do you think that Romney has a chance to break through there because the latest -- out that that the oh Obama campaign citing.
He's a five point edge and it sometimes this PPP poll is sometimes an out liar and in leans left but.
They're touting it this morning saying look we have -- -- and Ohio the president still there when it.
Well I don't think they can campaign.
Like their five points ahead in Ohio because Romney simply.
Chipping and so his -- and all the right places so he has to fight hard for Ohio and obviously the Republican ticket is trying very hard trial there literally living there right now.
There's a -- for Romney without Ohio it's very tight.
It's -- Nevada New Hampshire Wisconsin Iowa Colorado and Florida very tight -- -- so.
The president needs to fight hard in Florida from -- but the president can lose Florida.
He just can't lose Ohio and then he he needs to fight hard and these other states where you see.
Some movement Richardson's right this is such a volatile and angry and anxious electorate the president is ahead in one -- by two points in Arizona.
This is it is going to be incredible grassroots mobilization of Latinos there congressman flake is really an -- fight hard when that -- -- He's crazy things are happening everywhere and there's all there's definite possibility that a debate throws this whole thing yeah.
Alec but our team I obviously agree with him an a but I think that is the reason that the the news that we're seeing this volatility -- -- that.
It just people haven't sort of dialed into the election and as they do -- With these debates it's sort of.
Then might be beneficial to Mitt Romney my just about three weeks left to go Charlie -- Anderson thank you very much owning.