Obama expected to 'come out swinging' at Tuesday's debate
October 14th, 2012
03:26 PM ET
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Obama expected to 'come out swinging' at Tuesday's debate

Washington (CNN) – After near-universal bad reviews of his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama will bring more energy and passion to his second showdown with the GOP nominee, advisers to the president said Sunday.

Yet the come-out-swinging attitude many Democrats crave could be hindered by the debate's town hall format, which requires a likability factor not completely compatible with aggressive attacks.

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  1. dachozen1

    President just made wrong judgement in attempts to sway independent voters. He has learned it is more important to fight than take the high road approach. The President will be fine because he has the facts on his side. Pres Obama was right on Car industry, going into sovereign land to kill Bin Laden, adding millions more towards insurance, regulation on Wall Street, people are going back to work, mortgage industry is stabilizing going up and the stock market has more than doubled. Mr. President run on that record. Run on losing 800k jobs your 1st month of office to having 30 straight mos of job growth. People forget where we were and where we are. You must remind em.

    October 14, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Jeremiah P

    I don't think the presidents knowledge will increase from last week, he clearly is lost! When he hasn't been through the business sector how can he possibly talk intelligently? Most prefer words, ie "hope and change" ABRACADABRA isn't going to work, we knew it, it's here... I hope he comes out swinging...he'll look completely lost and clueless, just like you tax the very people that hire!!! That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? I can't wait... TelePrompTer anyone?

    October 14, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. dachozen1

    Mr. President please run on your record. Run on losing 800k jobs in the 1st month of office from the previous admin. People have a selective memory. Run on helping the American Car industry and how many jobs they saved. Run on your decision to enter sovereign land to kill Bin Laden when others said it wasn't worth moving heaven and hell to catch him. Run on 30 plus months of job creation. Run on the mortgage sector coming on strong. Run on a healthcare program that will insure 10s of millions more. Run on the strong decision you made to shoot those Somali pirates in the head, when they kidnapped an American at sea. Run on lowering interest rates for people who are getting student loans. Run on your middle class tax cuts. Let them know that other guy has no plan for pre existing conditions. Let them know Romney's tax policy is trust me. Let them know trickle down politics have never worked. When you give millionaires and billionaires money, they keep the extra money while the gap disparity rich/poor grows. Play Romney's true feeling of that %47 tape over and over. Mr President, you will win the presidency if you simply run on your record and then compare where we were!

    October 14, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. syed

    how can romney be a patriotic american as his wealth stays outside the american borders ,beyond the reach of us laws
    it use to be the third world dictators who keep their money outside their own countries so nobody can touch them .wake up americans think twice before you vote for romney.

    October 14, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. us1000

    obama knows his stuff and american people agree with him. success or failure in debate does not matter, substance of policies and their execution matters most. aggressiveness or bulls or bullying do not convince american people because they can read between the lines. obama need to stay natural and speak his views and agenda, which alone can win american people's heart and mind.

    October 14, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Mother656

    Before their first debate when Obama thought all he needed was his godly presence, Mitt Romney was already rehearsing for the third debate,
    Obama in the same room with Americans?
    This is not gonna be pretty.

    October 14, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. No Tax Returns No Vote

    President Obama has class, and is intelligent. I respect Our President because he does not change his position every other day. President Obama does not lie, is a man of character and cares about 100% of the people. Poor Romney he has multiple personalities and will lose it when he is challenged.

    October 14, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Obama doesn't need to worry about likability. His likability is still above Romney's. Obama needs to attack Romney to show that he cares, that he is not going to let a chameleon like Romney win. Once Obama does that Romney has no chance.

    October 14, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. DOG1

    Maybe President Obama can mention the "White Horse Prophesy" or "Lying for the Lord" and we'll see how Romney covers those up!

    October 14, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. BinaryTooth

    You can't turn Obama into a man by cramming for a debate.

    October 14, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. John, PA

    Swinging on WHAT???? The WORST PRESIDENT EVER, a failed job market, housing market, failed economy, more people on FOOD Stamp than ever before !!! More jobs lost under a DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT and DEMOCRATIC Congress since 2007 that ever in the history of America; lost wages GM OWES 35 BILLONON dollars to US the American tax payer and Obama thinks he saved GM what a FOOL!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. sycodon

    Obama hasn't come out swinging at anything in his life. He throws like a girl. Probably fights like one.

    Good thing Romney has short hair.

    October 14, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. carmine

    What's he going to swing with? His failed record? Unpopular Obamacare? "Romney killed my wife"?

    TOTUS is a joke. An empty chair. It will be fun to see him vacating the White House, a fraud, a failure.

    October 14, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Tim

    Obama can come out swinging all he wants but that wimp couldn't punch his way out of wet paper bag!!

    October 14, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    You gotta have something more than Obama;s record, to even get anyone to tune in.

    October 14, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Now Folks,
    You saw the real Obama in the first Debate, (Train Wreck). Swearing the Rich aren't paying their fair share isn't a Political Point. He can't talk about 48 Million on Food Stamps, over 20 million out of a job, the deficit doubling the last 4 years the 16 Trillion Collar Federal Debt. BUT, he can talk about his visit to the Veiw!

    October 14, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Tee girl

    I wish him well.

    October 14, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Morning1Su,

    President Obama when your are debating think of us; those who really need your help. When President Bush was in office and the stock market fell. My husband, who is a risky man and put lots on risky funds lost thousands of dollars that was part of his pension plan. I too lost money. We are going to have frugal retirement as compared to the travels we were saving up for. Now the travels will never happen. When President Obama took office he stabilized the economy from a free fall, he stopped the fall big time. The Republicans put us in a mess and Mitt Romney and others like him reaped the rewards of our bankrupties and stock market failure. Mitt Romney was and is a corporate raider. What makes you think he is going to help you; the poor and middle class? He took your money and stashed it in the Caymens. Mitt Romney is having a delightful time gambling with the lives of those he put in poverty in the first place. Can't you see this man for who he is. He can promise you the world, but only he will benefit. His record proves it. Mitt Romney loves to talk about what President Obama has not record of accomplishments. PRESIDENT saved us frodisaster that the Republicans put us in. Americans don't be fooled by this sharp talking man he lies and thinks it is not a sin. God please help President Obama be reelected so he can save us from this Devil's Advocate. If Mitt Romney gets elected we are putting the American people at risk. Romney is so unliked that other countries will alienate us because of his big mouth.

    October 14, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. James

    Come out swinging????? ROFL Like Biden??? ROFL

    October 14, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Olivia

    Get tired of folks claiming obama had both houses kennedy died and brown came in

    October 14, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Obama accomplished 206 separate things since he was elected. And that was with the baggers obstructing the last two years and the senate filibustering the first 2 years.

    We would have a surplus of jobs right now if John Boehner would stand up to Cantor and Ryan. Vote the baggers OUT.

    October 14, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. jane

    @Don - how do you equate 'complete control' with a vow made by the Republican leadership on the President's Inauguration Day to obstruct and fight (and lie and cheat) and do Anything to get back into power? Did you fail grammar school civics? It's Congress that sets the budget, Congress that approves appointments Congress that votes yea or nay on EVERYTHING. Case in point: When gas was at an all time high, 'there's nothing Pres. Bush can do about this"; when it goes up under President Obama's watch, it's all his fault. Grow up. Read something.

    October 14, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. California

    Hussein Obama, Care to try again on explaining Benghazi?

    At this point it's a rhetorical question.

    October 14, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Name Riri

    Mr president am one of the
    47% please fight hard for us ,the mess you did the first debate should never happen again

    October 14, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Gila River Indian Community, AZ

    Good luck President Obama! AZ Native Americans got ur back and votes!

    October 14, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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