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The fight for the White House is far from over, but Mitt Romney and President Obama will go at one another for the second round of three debates scheduled for Tuesday (Oct. 16).

Winning the first debate, and grabbing a lead in national polls, Romney appears to be the front-runner to some, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that either candidate has a stronghold on victory. On the national front, Washington Post/ABC News polls show Obama with a 49-46 win over Romney among likely voters, a slight increase from last month.

Campaign strategist and politicians from both parties convened for Meet the Press Sunday (Oct. 14) to offer up their opinions on how the second debate should play out.

As he heads into debate No. 2, the president has been warned to “step up” his skills in the verbal battle against Romney. After losing the first round, the commander in chief admitted to being “too polite” to the former governor, but according Democratic Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Obama must “every time sharply address him [Romney] and not let him get away with” attempts to shield his position on pivotal issues.

On the contrary, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, said the debate unveiled deficiencies in the president’s campaign. “Something big happened in that first debate that was beyond President Obama not showing up. And that was that President Obama hasn’t really been trying to get elected again, he’s been trying to stop Mitt Romney from getting elected.”

Castellanos noted that the tactic failed because rather than showing him in the light painted by his opponent, the debate pegged Romney as “a reasonable, practical problem-solver.” Castellanos went on to say that Obama has “no campaign for the future,” and no real argument as to why he is “indispensably needed” to run the country.

Both candidates have plans to spend Monday (Oct. 15) garnering support. The president’s campaign promised a “more “energetic” and “passionate” performance during the forthcoming debate, while Romneys shot back theorizing that “the president can change his debate style” but “he can’t change his record.”


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