Candidates prepare to take center stage
September 23rd, 2012
02:38 PM ET
6 years ago

Candidates prepare to take center stage

Washington (CNN) - With just 10 days to go before the first presidential debate, both campaigns are weighing what they can do to take advantage of the three head-to-head matchups in October that will help decide the race.

Republican pollster Whit Ayres said GOP nominee Mitt Romney must use the debates to "score points" on the economy, the No. 1 concern of voters.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. The Independent Christian

    I believe Obama will outperform Romney in the upcoming debates. Why? Because it is no doubt Obama who holds all Americans – especially those who are really struggling despite their hard work – in his heart.

    The true Mitt color came out in his speech to his super-rich supporters at a fundraising dinner in Boca Raton in last May. For change, he was surprisingly honest. He really could not care less for the poor, struggling Americans. Romney is, after all, all for the rich, just like himself.

    He has no clue why many of us are struggling because we began our lives disadvantaged and are challenged at every level of our survival to live. No, he cannot even imagine that many of us are not even given a chance to succeed because of impossible circumstances that block our paths at every turn.

    Romney thinks he is doing his part in helping the poor because of the money he gives in charitable contributions to his Mormon Church. But whatever he gives, his heart is unable to feel the pains of the struggling people of this country. He gives because and only to the extent that his giving financially and politically benefits HIM, not the poor. It is all for Romney himself and his super-rich family.

    Now I understand why Jesus said... "And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." It is because the rich – especially the super-rich – for the most part lack true compassion for those of God's children who are truly in need. The Spirit of the Lord is not within their hearts which are hardened with selfishness and greed.

    September 23, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mitt Romney may "score points" but will he be able to handle Obama's "knockout punch". Republicans must remember, and I shouldn't have to remind them, Obama can't be taken down just by "scoring points". No one that Romney debated during the Republican primaries have ever debated Obama, they were all "light weights" including Romney.

    September 23, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. The Independent Christian

    I will vote for the one who will NOT give away American jobs to the workers in overseas countries like China and India but rather vows to keep jobs here in the USA.

    I will vote for the one who truly holds ALL Americans – especially those struggling to survive right now – in his heart. I will not vote for anyone who is so rich he has no clue about our issues, however he tries.

    I will vote for the one who knows what it is like to fight every turn in his life to succeed against all odds. I will never ever vote for someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and became wealthier by outsourcing American jobs overseas.

    September 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. drake mallard

    Mitt Romney probably lives in a world that I don't live in. You know? He lives in a world - I hear he's worth, what, $250 million? And he comes from wealth. And most people I find that are born with that kind of money truly don't know what it's like to be out there.

    September 23, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mitt has scared the hell out with 47% in a op private meeting-who knows he may sell USA to china....

    September 23, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. CBR

    These debates should not be used to determine which candidates get our votes. The candidates rehears and rehearse, their statements are not spontaneous, and their responses may or may not determine how they will lead. This campaign has gone on and on and election day can not come soon enough.

    Mr. Romney's remarks at the dinner probably say ore about him than any answer during a debate. He has continually moved to the right to garner the nomination and now he would very much like to move back to a more moderate stance. His running mate leaves little space for maneuvering toward any compromises or cooperation with other folks.

    September 23, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Just watching Romney and his little tiny prissy girl steps makes me dislike him. Not Man enough to do the job.

    September 23, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Paul Williamson

    President Obama will make Robme look like an amateur because(1) Obama knows far more about foreign policy and the economy than Robme does; (2) Robme has taken some many different positions (flip-flops) that is should be easy for Obama to trap him in inconsistencies and downright lies; (3) Obama is a lot more intelligent than Robme, who really is not too bright , as evidenced by his gaffes and strategic errors of the past few weeks.

    September 23, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Jim Weix

    I am a card carrying Republican and Mitt Romney does not represent anyone other than the top one percent of our population and a lonely group of far right religious minions. He will not get elected and I think that he is destroying the chances of other Republicans running for office.

    September 23, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    The uhbama will be destroyed by Romney in the debates.

    September 23, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. np

    Romney has absolutely no advantage over OBAMA when it comes to debating. Romney does not have the knowledge on critical issues, and the clarity of thought to spar intelligently with someone like OBAMA. A great example of this is his need to constantly repeat what he is saying which indicates that he is buying time in search of what he is going to say next. Romney is dead in the water!

    September 23, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |