His Campaign Sliding, Mitt Romney Must Deliver in Debate
Only days before the first critical presidential debate of 2012, why is the campaign of
There has been no marked improvement in the dim economic picture, to which he has pinned his hopes of ousting President Obama. Indeed, the slow national growth rate has reportedly slipped slightly again. Yet opinion polls in state after state indicate leakage in support for Romney, notably in swing states like
Certainly, the disclosure of his remarks at that closed fund-raiser in
The fact that Romney spoke in the apparent belief that he was being heard only by like-minded big contributors gave damaging credibility to his candor. And his hapless effort to recover by saying publicly that he intended, if elected, to be president of "100 percent of Americans" failed to convince.
Yet Romney's slide appeared actually to have begun after the two national party conventions, and particularly after the Democratic event in
Clinton especially plugged old Democratic heartstrings and memories by taking head-on the question that the Republicans had so hopefully raised at their convention in
This display of Democratic political firepower was in contrast to the man-who-wasn't-there at the earlier Republican pow-wow, who had left as part of his legacy two unfinished wars and America's reputation abroad in shreds. Many Democratic voters and others appeared to come away from the
At the same time,
Some Democrats have tried to set Romney up by contending he has the edge entering the first of the three presidential face-offs. After all, they argue, he successfully ran the gauntlet of numerous primary debates last winter and spring. That is nonsense. Obama clearly demonstrated his own debating skills four years ago, first against
A mini-debate has been going on over whether these debates are as decisive as proponents contend. This time around, however, given the politically wounded state in which Romney will enter the fray Wednesday night, there is little doubt a solid and impressive showing will be critical to keeping his candidacy afloat in the campaign's final month.
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