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.” (more…)