“..Barack Obama cannot afford another bad debate in Long Island tonight after his dismal performance in Denver a fortnight ago that opened way for Mitt Romney’s comeback.
Obama needs to come out with either a win or a draw.
His campaign team said he is better-prepared and energised.
But the Romney camp – which showed itself to be adept in preparing for the Denver debate – will have anticipated this.
The president faces an additional obstacle tonight, the format being different from the Denver one, with questions coming from the audience rather than a single journalist.
Obama needs to hit Romney hard but the town-hall style debate complicates his task.
In this format, Obama and Romney will be answering questions mainly from voters in the audience -
- making it more difficult to be evasive and combative…”
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