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Presidential Candidates Can't Afford Any Mistakes in Debate



The first presidential debate airs Wednesday night on every major network, as President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney meet face to face for the first time on the campaign trail.


Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are gearing up to avoid any potential mistakes in Wednesday's debate, which will likely have the largest audience and potentially the biggest impact on the outcome of the contest. Ed Sarpolus, a political consultant, says that if Mitt Romney makes any mistakes, he won't be toast, but it will hurt him dramatically. Whereas if his presidential opponent makes one, "that's tomorrow's news."


Between the two, the pressure is really on Romney, as he is down in the polls in battleground states and coming off an ugly September. He needs to use this debate to turn things around. Word is, Romney has been rehearsing some zingers to lay on the president, but his critics will contend that is not the real Mitt .

"No, it's not and it poses a real danger if they try and do that instead of centering on policy," said Bernie Porn, the founding principal and preisdent, Epic.

Romney will need to beef up his support among women, since the demographic is seemingly changing.

"This is the first time in a long time that white working women who typically vote republican are leaning for President Obama," said Sarplous.

Romney is doing well with voters who dont like the deficit, but on the overall economy, his attempts to blame the president to date, apparently have not worked. Porn says he needs to give voters some details.

"He also needs to et specifics in terms of how he's going to pay for some of these programs, the tax cuts and attacking the deficit," says Porn.

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