September 23rd, 2008
02:43 PM ET
15 years ago

Cafferty: What will you look for at the Presidential debates?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="CNNs most recent polls have Obama at 49% and McCain at 44%."]

With the polls tightening, the stakes for the upcoming presidential debates are getting higher. The first of three debates is set for this Friday in Mississippi. Despite all that is already known about John McCain and Barack Obama, presidential debates are famous for sometimes producing a moment that will change the outcome of the election. The pressure is definitely on.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama's advisers are looking for ways for Obama to provoke McCain's anger or to show that he's out of touch with the average American. McCain's advisers are coaching McCain to pounce on certain phrases Obama may say like "as I’ve said before..." A McCain aid told The Journal Obama uses that phrase on occasions where he's actually changed his mind.

The first debate was supposed to cover domestic issues, but both campaigns agreed to change it to foreign policy.

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