President Obama will debate Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Wednesday night in the first of three presidential debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election. Tonight’s focus: domestic policy.
Though Romney’s certainly suffered from a steady stream of gaffes, tonight’s debate could turn things around for the candidate who’s been suffering in the polls as of late. Fortunately for Romney, he is a particularly gifted debater, as the Atlantic’s national correspondent, James Fallows, documented in the September issue of the magazine. “He loves the dialectic of arguing the different sides, and he’s most uncomfortable when no one is disagreeing with him,” campaign strategist Stuart Stevens told Fallows.
"Challengers tend to benefit from debates," senior White House advisor David Plouffe said on Sunday’s "Meet the Press." "We have expected all along that Gov. Romney will have a good night. He's prepared more than any candidate in history, and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. So, we understand that this is an important moment."
And yet voters are still expecting Obama to win this one, even if just by a slim margin, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted Sept. 27-30.