This is the best of the mix of pre-debate articles and one every Republican needs to read. Marc A. Thiessen at The Washington Post writes about how Ronald Reagan was trailing Jimmy Carter in the polls prior to the debates. Reagan’s strong debate performance dramatically changed the course of the campaign. Thiessen’s article makes a powerful case for why Romney could easily change the trajectory of the polls with a strong debate performance and win the election easily.
Here’s an excerpt:
The electorate may be similarly volatile today. A recent ABC News poll found that 22 percent of the electorate is “persuadable” — both anxious about how their preferred candidate would perform as president and interested in finding out more about the other candidate. Among independents, the number of persuadable voters is even higher — 26 percent. In other words, the election could swing dramatically in the closing weeks and even the final days — and it could swing in either direction. According to ABC, persuadable voters “include essentially equal number of Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s supporters.”
Politico has an insightful article about how Obama weaknesses could severely damage him in the debates with Romney. From the article:
Obama is an experienced debater but an inconsistent performer who is years out of practice, capable of projecting a calm, commanding image — or appearing bored, testy or condescending enough to snark out the unforgettable “You’re likeable enough, Hillary” crack four years ago.
Fox News covers Paul Ryan’s views on why Romney is going to win in November and attacks the Obama administration for its incompetent foreign policy:
“We owe the country a very clear choice of a different future,” said Ryan, R-Wis. “We can either have a dynamic, growing economy that produces opportunity, or we can have a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. We can stick with the failed policies of the four last years … or we can get a brighter future.”
On foreign policy:
“Their response was slow. It was confused, it was inconsistent,” Ryan said. “It’s part of a bigger picture of the fact that the Obama foreign policy is unraveling literally before our eyes on our TV screens.”
Here are some other debate-related articles worth reading:
- What Obama Needs to Do in Denver
- Obama’s poker tells
- Debates Can Shift a Race’s Outcome, but It’s Not Easy