After weeks of shadow boxing between Presidentand his Republican adversary , the day of reckoning is finally here and the voters would, for starters, judge the candidate most suitable to occupy the White House based on who they feel would be better equipped to handle the economy.
The first debate would be in the University of Denver and would focus on domestic policies.
This has been reported in cnn.com of dated October 3, 2012.
As per BBC news, the first debate of 2008 had attracted more than 50 million TV viewers in the U.S. alone – this time around, it is expected to be several times more.
Tasks ahead of Mitt Romney - in the opinion of the CNN analyst, Mitt Romney’s strategy to win over the voters should be to paint a more glowing picture of the economic future and on his proposals of why he could lead the U.S. there and why President Obama cannot.
Incidentally, when facing the incumbent president, the challenger would normally be uncomfortable but Mitt Romney needs to brave the siltation and take the bull by the horns – he must try to convince the electorate that he is the credible alternative.
Another point that the GOP candidate must ensure is to lessen the jitters among his own party men some of whom have fears of an adverse backlash which would be disastrous.
In the latest CNN/ORC International poll, it was revealed that 49 percent feel that Obama is in a better position to handle the economy while 48 percent felt it would be Mitt Romney – a real neck-to-neck fight. Obviously, the onus would be on Romney to prove that he would be the better option and it would be up to him to seize the initiative from Obama.
The strategies of Barack Obama – his strategies would be to dismiss the proposals of his adversary as routine stuff with no magic potion to cure all evils. He could argue that the GOP policies would leave the economy shattered and, he would not leave the golden opportunity to tackle Romney on his lack of understanding of the middle and working classes people in society.
The by-now famous ‘47 percent-video’ would keep Romney on the defensive.
At the end of the day, the first debate would not only be a revelation on who possesses better knowledge and is better informed or how one counters the argument of the other but who is endowed with a superior body languages – that would matter a great deal.
As the BBC observes - the candidates' body language will be under scrutiny as would be their tone of voice apart from how best one is able to handle the pressure.
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