Some are billing it as a “do or die” debate as US presidential rivals prepare for their second televised face off.
Barack Obama and his Democrat advisers will be hoping latest opinion polls ring true giving the president a two percentage points lead – apparently stemming the drain on his support after the first encounter.
Professor David Weiden, of New York’s Hofstra University explained:
“What’s at stake in this debate performance on Tuesday night is the election for President Obama. If he gives another debate performance that is as listless and as lackluster as he gave, he could very well lose this election. For challenger Romney what’s at stake is to continue the very strong performance that he gave last time and keep the momentum that he has going on right now. The momentum is clearly swinging in Romney’s way.”
Republican Mitt Romney’s surprise command of the first debate has raised expectations for a more aggressive joust at New York’s Hofstra University.
While Romney and his team have recently been hitting Obama hard over security issues in the Middle east, Obama is expected to come out fighting with his economic vision including tax breaks for the middle class.