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What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?
October 2nd, 2012
03:29 PM ET

What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Mitt Romney will kick President Barack Obama's butt in Wednesday night's debate.

Christie says he thinks Romney will turn the election "upside down" and that it will be a "brand-new race" after the showdown in Denver.

It’s no surprise that Romney's people stepped away from Christie's predictions pretty quickly. They're trying to lower expectations, which is how candidates usually approach debates.

But let's suppose Christie is right. What would it take for Romney to win the debate and change the storyline of this election?

With more than 50 million people expected to tune in, many think Wednesday night is Romney's last best chance to turn the race around. He's been practicing for this debate for months, on top of the practice he got in the almost two dozen primary debates.

But here's the challenge: Romney needs to come off as likable and authentic and show that he can connect with voters. We've been hearing this for months, and apparently it's a real challenge for him.

A piece in The Daily Beast suggests the only thing Romney can do to change the race in a meaningful way is to get specific about his ideas. So far neither Romney nor Obama has been willing to do that. The voters are simply left wondering

Others say Romney needs to make Obama come off as condescending, like when he told Hillary Clinton she was "likable enough" in a 2008 debate.

Romney has reportedly been practicing zingers to use against the president. And while powerful sound bites get lots of play in the days after a debate, it's questionable if a few good one-liners will be enough to catapult him into the White House.

Here’s my question to you: What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. John from Alabama

    Jack: To win the debate Mitt Romney would have to explain why he hates the Affordable Heath Care Act, but loves the same act he passed in Massachusetts. Mitt would have to explain why he invests his money in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands and not in the United States. Mitt would have to grow the brain of an average American citizen before the debate to understand where I live and most of America lives. President Obama will not use poison darts against Gov. Romney, but the truth will be powerful enough to win the debate for the President.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  2. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Insist on Faux Noise taking over the production, moderation, analysis and editing of a pre-taped debate. That has fooled some of the people some of the time.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Jenny Sills

    Keep his Joe Biden sized foot out of his mouth. Answer the question and close your mouth! The more you talk the more chances you have to say the wrong thing.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    A. Put his head down and feet up. B. hold his nose and shut his eyes. C. Pray in "Mormon language. D. Tell public "THAT 47%" comment was idiotic. E. he was drunk. F. Tell he is not viable candidate, Koch, Adultryson, cris cristy, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbu etc instigated him. G. Show his 12 years of taxes and cayman island, Bermuda and Swiss tax evaded money.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Gordon from Virginia

    Mitt Romney won't win any of the debates. His arrogant smile gives him away. He looks too much like he knows what he's talking about when he doesn't. How is he going to be able to convince voters to vote for him when he makes it sound so easy to create millions of new jobs if he's elected. I just don't find what he has to say to be anywhere near believable. When Romney shows up on the scene it's like here I am. I've been what you've been looking for. I'm your man who's going to fix the economy. No, I don't think so.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  6. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Both Obama and Romney are good orator's however Romney lacks one thing and that is charisma. What Romney needs to do is to stop trying to deliver bitter indictments against Obama. Romney must deliver his plans should he be elected. America has lived through the last 4 years of Obama. They have seen what Obama is capable of. Romney needs to stop trying to baffle America with BS and start dazzling us with his brilliance if in fact he has any.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  7. Ann from Charleston SC

    Who Says I want him to win?

    October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  8. Terry in Virginia

    Forget all the zingers some idiot on his campaign thinks is the way to win. Holding his own will be memorable enough.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  9. Bob in Ohio

    Very simple. Quit trying to appease the extreme right wing by repeating their positions on all of the issues and be Mitt Romney. That's assuming he can remember who he was.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  10. Brad, Portland, OR

    He can win by having sensible plans and explaining them well.

    But step one is coming up with some sensible plans, which he has yet to do. Everything he's told us so far amounts to cutting taxes for rich people and corporations (OK, corporations ARE people, my friends!), eliminating regulations that protect the American people, and either raising taxes on the middle class or adding massively to the budget deficit.

    And whenever anyone calls him on it, he says those aren't his REAL plans; he'll tell us about those later.

    But maybe the math is too hard for him to explain his REAL plans, as Ryan said this past Sunday, and we should just elect him anyway :-).

    October 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  11. Peg in NY

    He can remain silent.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  12. Stan

    Flip-flop his personality like he does with issues and come to the debate as the Mitt Romney that Ann Romney wants us to believe he really is.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  13. William Bell

    Every time Romney says in the debate that he's for "the 100 percent," the number 47 will flash across most people's minds. William Bell, Washington, D.C.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  14. Ram Riva

    Come out clean and "TELL THE TRUTH...."
    about his taxes...the money that he's hidding....health care...Medicare....Medicaid...social security....tax cuts for the wealthy....that's it....
    AVOID AT ALL COST.....foreign policy....middle class....the 47% gaffe.....Ryan's budget....GW.....Ann Romney concern on his mental health.....on everything else he doesn't have a clue....

    October 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Stay home.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  16. calaurore9

    Mitt should zip the canned zingers and try to lay out his vision for the country. In plain non-Palinesque English. If he can be human and authentic, that may sway some undecideds.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. calaurore9

    Mitt should zip the canned zingers and try to lay out his vision for the country. In plain non-Palinesque English. If he can be human and authentic, that may sway some undecideds.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  18. Dan in Aluquerque

    Try giving details about his tax plan; what he would do differently about Iran; how he will crack down on China; what loopholes for big business he would shut down; his personal taxes before 2010; why he is for eliminating a health care plan that is a virtual duplicate of the one he was so proud of in Massachussets; how he could cut government employment and regulations without harming unenployment and or health; why he switched from being pro-choice
    and how his economic plan will work when most experts say it would greatly increase the deficit.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Robert In Melbourne

    Give an honest answer. Unlike Obama who will say anything that sounds good

    October 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  20. jk in MN

    Say things that pass the fact check sites for starters; I'm not sure he can if most Americans feel the same way I do. I've gotten to the point that I don't believe anything coming out of his mouth these days especially after that leaked tape surfaced where to me he showed America honesty (even though he didn't mean for America to see that). I don't trust anyone who says to America to "trust me" so often. It's like listening to a used car salesperson.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  21. William Bell

    If the press is "jumping on" Romney, it's not because of his low poll numbers; it's because of his contradictions and his cluelessness. William Bell, Washington, D.C.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  22. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Romney will NEVER,EVER become President & he will never win any debates

    October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  23. Linda, St. Louis

    It's pretty hard to sell nothing. Mitt's winning strategy is probably calling in sick.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  24. Virginia - Atlanta

    Romney could be truthful for a change and cease the typical Republican trait of blaming the Democrats for what the Republicans are doing – or are planning to do. It might not make him win, but at least he would be less unpalatable.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  25. ROBERT

    Treat it like a business venture. Sub-contract out to a more qualified stand-in, but just don't go with the lowest bidder. You may end up with a Rick Perry instead of a Ronald Reagan. Then fire them when they're done.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Ken in Seattle

    Nothing. Based on his inept performance as a candidate thus far he can only win by default. If Obama screws up so bad he is viewed as losing. An unlikely event. He might surprise the world and exceed expectations and the debate could be viewed as a draw. A possibility, but Republican shouldn't hold their breath.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Devon Hughes

    Devon Hughes, Los Angeles, CA
    Romney can't do anything to win. Only Ron Paul has the believable consistency and philosophical understanding behind his arguments, and the establishment dumped him. That cost the GOP the presidency.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  28. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    He needs to not try to be funny or try any zingers. Look Presidential, act Presidential and talk like he believes what he is saying. Cause if he does not sound positive and sure of himself, it is all over.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  29. Gary H. Boyd

    Romney needs to focus on Obama's record: The current price of gasoline. Obama's opposition to the oil pipeline from Canada and offshore drilling permit delays; his apologies to foreign nations for America; his failure to acknowledge the $16 trillion dollar debt ($5 trillion of which has occurred in the past 4 years); his socialist approach to government; unrelenting unemployment; the economy overalll, the growing siize of government and the looming fiscal cliff over which America is about to fall.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  30. ARMYCSM

    Tell the TRUTH!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  31. Jayne in NH

    I don't think it really matters whether he "wins" or not . . . he's already toast. The 47% comment doomed his candidacy.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  32. ArtsEyes

    If he talks he will lose... The only way he might beable to win is to change his name to Obama...

    October 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  33. JENNA Roseville CA

    What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?

    That's cute Jack. You think Romney actually has a chance to win the 1st debate (or any debate for that matter)

    I think that it will be a miracle for Romney to keep his foot out of his mouth.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  34. Gary in San Jose, California

    I'd like to hear both candidates explain specifically how they would correct our current financial problems. We're starring at a virtual financial Armageddon and nobody seems to want to talk about it. I don't get it.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  35. Gary in San Jose, California

    I'd like to both candidates explain specifically how they would correct our current financial problems. We're staring at a virtual financial Armageddon and nobody seems to want to talk about it. I don't get it.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  36. ArtsEyes

    Obama has the biggest problem... He does know which Romney will show up... Romney has changed so many times on so many positions it will be like trying to catch a well-greased pig...

    October 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  37. Ron WPAFB

    Unless a Robot shows up in his place and fakes Human thoughts and feelings, Romney is Toast! His platform is anti everybody but Old Rich White men!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  38. BrainTurnedOff

    Release his old tax returns, even if it means he could loose his wife's endorsement upon learning how much he really earned.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  39. Doug Ericson

    1. Hope Obama gets the time zone mixed up, and shows up 3 hours late. 2. Un -zip his pants, ( his wifes suggestion ). 3. Promise to give everyone that votes for him a million dollars. 4. Promise to make Mortgage Backed Securities illegal again. 5. Promise to get us out of the Middle East for good and bring all troops home now. 6. Promise to end homelessness and starvation in the USA. 7. Vow to cut all budgets in half untill the debt is paid off. 8. Vow to end crony capitalism. 9. Promise to de-militarize all citiy, town, county, and state, etc police forces. 10. Make social security voluntary and means test recipients with an income of over 200 thousand dolars. 11.Vow to end the fake war on drugs, and end the ATF and other suplerfurous police agencies. 12. Promise to end the TSA. 13. Vow to make the county's prisons humane, and end police brutality 14. Vow to get immigration under control, and in particular the Mexican Border. 15. Vow to stop this silly nonsense about forcing women not to have abortions. 16. Promise to end the death penalty in all states. 17. Promise to make Wall Street pay for their own mistakes. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    Hope or pray (in his case), that Obama doesn't show up??

    October 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  41. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Hope Obama gets sick and defaults.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  42. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Don't show up.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  43. jimmy in greenville, nc

    All MItt has to do is to talk about Obama's record while in the Oval Office. Keep coming back to that time and time again and MItt wins. Mitt must make Obama quit running away from his record while in office!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  44. SteveB

    Stick to the incredible debt the US has under the Obama reign, the economy shows no signs of its downward spiral in sight, the unemployment figures, and yes, we can't afford 4 more years of this....

    October 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  45. Bob Toronto

    Jack,
    To win the 1st debate Gov. Romney should try to comment on the merits of Re-Districting, Photo ID & Alec, the marriage between Corporate America & the Republican Party. If American citizens don't know what Alec is they owe to themselves & their country to find out. The information is available on-line.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  46. It's Fall in Wyoming

    Mitt shoots from the lip and has a major disconnect mouth-to-brain. The best chance for him in the debate is stick with a pre-arranged script. Mitt doesn't stand a chance with the President, who can verbally duke it out with the best of 'em.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Martin B

    From what I have seen his only hope is to stop pandering to the extreme right wing of his party and start offering a reasonable conservative platform. Other than that he might as well show up as a Dalek and announce his intent to exterminate 47% of the population.
    Martin, Maple Ridge BC

    October 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Phyllis G Williams

    What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?

    Your answers will prepare them both for the debate.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  49. Patricia Madison

    Show ten years of his tax returns.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  50. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Come up with an excuse to have his jaws wired shut before tomorrow evening, then hold up a series of bumper stickers reflecting his current positions on the questions asked.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  51. Jim

    Jack,

    There is no strategy Romney can employ to guarantee a win. Between the baggage he carries and Obama's verbal deftness, Romney will be doing well just to minimize the damage.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  52. sandra

    Remain consistent avoid flip-flopping; remember that a demand for clarification is not a gamble to modify your stands.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  53. bonnie from NJ

    Have President Obama kidnapped and replace him with a Saturday Night Live impersonator. (Although maybe even they could beat him!)

    October 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  54. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: Romney is damaged goods. So it will be an uphill battle for him in the debate tomorrow night. He's just a loser, rich guy who is not qualified to be President. And he has written 47% of the population off! He is toast! The American people, contrary to public opinion, are not fools!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  55. Thomas in Abilene Tx

    He could win (or come close , anyway) by being what I suspect is the " real " Mitt Romney of moderate, sensible policies in Mass , denouncing all his past craziness . It would shock everyone so much that even Pres. Obama might find himself speechless. Of course, Mr. Romney won't do that to his BASE & will certainly lose-debate and election.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  56. Loren, Chicago

    Be somebody else. No, really. He hasn't won over too many people as himself, so he might as well try being someone else. Like someone who truly cares about other people, that is concerned what happens to factory workers when their plant is shut down and shipped to China, like someone who understands what it is like to miss a paycheck, like someone who has watched childhood friends die in far off lands for forgotten causes or come back with shattered souls.

    I do think that Romney has more to offer this country from his understanding of business and government than President Obama can, but that has to be tempered by empathy for those who weren't born with a silver spoon.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  57. Gordo from NJ

    He needs to remind everyone that just five years ago he was the pro-choice, pro-gun-control, pro-carbon-tax, and pro RomBamaCare Governor of Massachusetts, and that when he takes a stand on an issue, he really, really means it.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  58. Pete

    Is this a trick question? I mean, if there's no correct answer, it MUST be a trick question. Oh wait, maybe he could do what Sarah Palin did in her debate, just refuse to answer the questions that she didn't like. Or he could just stand there silently – Mute Mitt...I kinda like that, it'd be great to never any of his lying bs again.. But hopefully he'll soon just be Moot Mitt.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  59. Jeff in Minnesota

    He needs to tell people his vision of America under his leadership and then convince them that his vision is the right one.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  60. Susan-NJ

    Win or lose these debaes seems to be a matter opinion depending n ones party. Hecan however not make a fool out of himself by not forgetting what he was saying, losing his temper or lying to win votes.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  61. Cres from Florida

    The more important question is what he can do to win the election even if he does win the debates.
    And the answer to that is "it's too late to switch horses in mid-stream".
    Obama would have to lose the debates really badly to have that much influence at this state of the race.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  62. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    Nothing. Literally, do nothing. Just smile and wave, because if he does speak all he is doing is opening his mouth to put his foot into it.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  63. RickFromDetroit

    What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate? The answer is the same thing that Mitt has done throughout the campaign. LIE ! Mitt will tell the viewing audience anything they want to hear, and this is usually the complete opposite of what Mitt, the GOP, and the Tea Party represents. Mitt will say that the wealthy are well funded, when he means that the safety net for the poor is to high. Mitt will say that he supports Social Security & Medicare, when he would like to privatize it with a voucher program that will cost most SSA recipients 1/3 to 1/2 of their monthly SSA check. Mitt is a good salesman, and the debate is an excellent chance for Mitt to sell his goods to the naive who don't follow politics.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  64. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He could tell the truth, oops I forgot, he's a professional politician. Keep doing the same thing, make himself out to care about ALL Americans; oops I forgot again he's a politician. Oh well, he could get on his private jet and fly to the moon via the Caymen Islands and pay someone else to show up. Yes, that's wishful thinking.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  65. Steve Wilson, Thunder Bay, ON

    Come on, Jack... There's no way he can even compete with Obama when it comes to debating. Whether you like or dislike Obama, he will outspeak, outclass and outmaneuver Romney with ease.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  66. jeff from florida

    I don't think there is anything he can do. After his "47%" speech, how can you take him serious?
    I honestly believe that is how he views the country.
    He will be preaching to the choir, who are already voting for him.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  67. Leta

    Mitt Romney has to keep his cool, answer the question from the moderator either Yes or No or maybe one
    simple sentence. If he elaborate his answers it will show his true color and downfall.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Deb in MT

    Perhaps Romney's team can do a software upgrade on him before tomorrow night?

    October 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  69. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Simply state the facts of the state of the country. Mostly that Obama has been mostly absent when the tough decisions had to ba made. Not much else to it.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  70. Bob Kansas City, Mo.

    Nothing in my opinion, I won't vote for him regardless of what/how he does.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  71. Bert from L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, whatever more Romney might say, he needs to not mention his beliefs about the 47% , that jet windows should open, that people can wait until being rushed to the emergency room to be seen by a doctor, that he tied his dog to his car’s roof and he should stop admitting that President Obama never raised taxes. All Obama needs to do is to be silent and give Romney all the rope he wants to hang himself by his own words.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  72. Sylvia from San Diego

    Just show up and talk to the American people. Obama is going to fall flat on his face without his side kick Valerie Garrett and no teleprompter....

    October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  73. Nancy, Tennessee

    Governor Romney could win the debate if he pours some concrete. The concrete needs to be in the shape of steps that show how to grow jobs, keep down the cost of living, and start reducing the deficit. I don't think he has experience as a construction worker so I'm not expecting to see the steps that lead to the White House.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  74. Stella-Northern, New York

    I don't care what bag of tricks Romney or Ryan pull out of the bag or whether they win all the debates, their still not getting MY VOTE!!! It;s going to President Obama. The door was closed permanently after seeing the tape on his closed door fund raiser with his super rich supporters and the "unforgiveable" comments made about 47% of all Americans. That could be you,me,our parents/grandparents,our children,our neighbors.our friends. I will give Romney and Ryan one thing. I give them my CONTEMPT.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  75. KevinO from ma

    I think he needs to skip the zingers, the bumper sticker phrases and telling us how bad the president has
    been. He needs to tell us specifically where he sees opportunity for economic growth and how he plans to take advantage of that opportunity. He's asking us to invest in his plan so tell us what the plan is and how it's going to cost.

    Kevin Lununburg Mass

    October 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  76. Deb in MT

    Practising "zingers", you say? The thing about "zingers" is that if they're practised/rehearsed too much, they come off as artificial, scripted, or completely non-sensical: if your opponent doesn't set you up perfectly for one of those "zingers", you can come off sounding ridiculous.

    Of course, Mittens sounds artificial, scripted & ridiculous most of the time anyway....

    And, don't get me started on his nervous giggle, his wild-eyed discomfiture, his flailing arms, or his mincing steps (he doesn't exactly stride onto the stage like a colossus, you know).

    October 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  77. Tom in Desoto, TX

    All he as to do is to wear his magic underwear.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  78. Jane in CA

    Even if Romney manages to be the "more likable" debater, he is still stuck with policy positions and proposals that most Americans don't like. If he does get specific enough for people to understand what he intends to do, they will probably reject his proposals. If he just refuses to say, that is enough to make some voters distrust him. If he says they couldn't understand it, he insults them. If he says it would just take too long to explain, he opens up the question of why this info isn't at least on his website for people to look at when they have the time. If he says look at Ryan's budget, then he gets saddled with cents off coupons replacing health care. The media may not say anything about his proposals, but Barack Obama will, if not during the debate then in ads afterward.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  79. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    Mitt Romney just needs to "be himself"

    then the election will be a landslide for Obama and hopefully other down ticket Senate and House Democrate candidates

    October 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  80. Pete in Georgia

    Just be himself and tell the truth.
    That contrast will be so illuminating and clear in comparison with the current deceiver in office.
    Obama spends 80% of his time and energy deceiving and covering up actions of his inept and corrupt administration.
    Romney can come across as a complete breath of fresh air and truth if he just stays simple and truthful and not try to be all things to most Americans who have their hands out for free entitlements in this current land of Socialism.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  81. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    He can offer bold proposals that actually make sense, even if it alienates his base a bit. Actually, there is pretty much nothing he can do.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  82. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Isn't a campaign an on-going debate? If there was one thing Romney could do, he would have done it already. Personally I'll be counting how many times he asks: "are you better off today then you were four years ago"? I'm also curious to see who is taller.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  83. Al from orlando

    Can he explain how the civil war was CIVIL

    October 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  84. Larry IN Houston

    What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?
    Answer : He needs to worry about winning the election, let alone the debates. Romney needs those evangelicals (among others) that have been touting his religion is some type of cult or something. He will win if they turn out for him at the voting booth, when they don't think about that issue, at the time they cast their vote. As for Obama, so far it seems like he's got the womens attention, because Romney will put their issues on the back burner. But Obama is still having trouble with the 18 – 30 yr. olds. If they don't wake up, or come to the polls for him, it will be like 1980 – like Reagan vs. Carter – Obama will end up being a "one termer" – then If that happens, Romney will end up being a "one termer" WHY ? because whomever the 16 Trillion Debt is left with, it wouldn't matter who's IN ) Then Hillary will be our Prez. in 2016, and at the end of her term, will Finally give this country a Surplus.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  85. bob z.

    he don't have to do any thing he has my vote i was a dem for over 70 years till obama now i would not vote for a dem again

    October 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  86. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I find it absurd that Christie thinks Romney will turn this election "upside down" given that the electorate knows all about what Romney talks like and about "in small quiet rooms." He delivered enough zingers in his infamous 47% talk to keep him away from the Oval Office for several generations. Attempting to whitewash Romney's image based upon his performance in this first debate is just as foolish as are the Republicans who are now flocking back to support Todd Akin. Besides even if Romney comes off as likable etc, everybody knows its just a well rehearsed act. Everything about him is transparent except the information on his tax returns prior to 2010. If he wants to have any impact in the debate he should drop the sheep clothing and come off as a wolf in wolfs clothing, which is exactly what he is.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  87. ken, atlantic city, nj

    For romney to win the first debate or any debate he must have a non bias media which will not spin everything he says in favor of obama the great. Considering we have the worst economy since the depression all romney should do is say I know how to fix it and obama doesn't. Let the facts speak for themselves: 50% unemployment rate for new college grads, 16% unemployment rate for blacks, gas prices $2.00 more per gallon, food priices up 20%, bank savings rates at 0.1%, more poverty, lower median income, and a 100 Trillion dollar federal debt when you count ss/medicare/medicaid. Obama is standing in front of a collapsing building saying give me 4 more years. We can't afford 4 more years of failed solutions and promises.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  88. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    He can tell me what he really intends to do. He can prove to me he is more interested in my welfare than that of the Koch brothers and all his other billionaire friends who don’t need any help because they got their money from the sweat and hides of the middle class. And he can be honest about his tax returns.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  89. JohnRJohnson

    The only way Romney can win this debate is if he promises to tell where the Roswell alien bodies are being kept if he's elected.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  90. Al from orlando

    Can he comment on the acceptance of poor boy Bush versus his view that he would use his plan to fix all the problems
    created by all the past presidents combined. It may Take 8 years

    October 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  91. Truthseeker

    The real question should be: "Can Romney win the debate?" I am beginning to think that it doesn't matter how good Romney is, or how bad Obama is, the liberal media will applaud Obama and continue their condemnation of Romney regardless. If Romney clearly excells, the media will focus on the stain he had on his suit, or the small peice of food stuck between his teeth.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  92. billy davis

    Stumbling, bumbling Romney can do nothing to win this debate. His message has been erratic and expect more of the same. Besides the POTUS is extraordinary at debating.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  93. Moira

    Mitt Romney actually needs to tell us something. He has spend the whole campaign to date telling us not to vote for President Obama, but has not trusted the American people with any information about what he plans to do. President Obama has been vague, but he has a record of what he has done to date, which lets us know something about what a second term will look like. We as voters deserve to be able to make an informed decision.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  94. annie, atlanta

    Well, he only comes off as condescending when he opens his mouth, so maybe he should keep it closed. But then again I'm biased and will be voting for the other guy. The one who can best relate to me and mine.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  95. bitphr3ak

    He just needs to double up on the magic underwear!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  96. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Mitt needs to do the following:

    1) Prove he is a leader
    2) Be specific about how his team will trim government
    3) Openly discuss his different strategies from the current administration
    4) and most importantly, do not be afraid to provide the truth (omitted facts by the media) about how Americans are really hurting

    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  97. Lisa

    I'm a 48 year old woman from Lansing North Carolina. Romney would need to show he understands the middle class and the working poor or at least stop acting like we are leaches and only wanting a handout. He needs to show some compassion for all of the people trying to make ends meet and who are tryong to avoid become homeless. I voted for Barack Obama in the last election not because I was looking for a saviour, I wanted someone that cared and would do his best for all people. Do I like everything President Obama has done...No. But I do believe he has tried his best for the american people. If the republicans in office cared half as much as the President we would be in a better place now.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  98. Greg Rockford, IL

    Lie, distort facts, and make false allegations; you know, the same thing he had his surrogates do to Newt Gingrich.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  99. Rudy G

    Be clear and specific on how to create jobs, show why Obama has not succeeded in a clear and specific way, and look and act presidential. A memorable one-liner wouldn't hurt, but it has to be accurate.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  100. Mike

    All Romney needs to do reveal who he truly is – the Hypnotoad. Of course that might raise some interesting questions about alien life forms running for President but it would certainly clarify Mitt's past positions.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  101. Tom from Medford, NJ

    He has to be much more specific on his policies and not delve in platitudes as he has been doing throughout the entire campaign. He has to take 1 position on a policy and not every position on that policy. His constant filp-flopping causes one's head to spin trying to decipher where he stands. He has to stand for something and not just continue to attack Obama's policies without laying out his own vision with specificity, not superficial 1 or 2 line statements.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  102. Arch Stanton

    He can pull off a rubber Romney mask and reveal that he's actually Bill Clinton. Otherwise, he can forget it. Romney's ridiculous. He's passing up an opportunity to be truthful and actually defend his positions, and will instead struggle to find ways to clumsily repeat a bunch of joke lines that somebody else wrote for him and he memorized. He's like a sad nerd who got invited to a party and went out and bought a joke book to memorize.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  103. Greg in Arkansas

    Hope for an empty chair to debate like Clint Eastwood had at the GOP convention.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  104. Emily Smith

    He would have to swear to leave Medicare & Medicaid as they are, or establish Medicare For All.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  105. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Mitt Romney has made several blunders in the last few months. If I were advising him on his message during the debates, I would tell him to return to his true self - the reasonable and sensible Mitt that was governor of Mass. and not the far, far-right, tea partier and total nut case that he has had to become to get the Republican nomination. He looks so uncomfortable when speaking and I feel it is because he simply does not believe what he must say. He is a decent guy and he should show that Mitt to the television audience. Carl Rove, Gordon Norquist, Rush Limbaugh and the kooks at Fox News would probably have nervous breakdowns if Mitt told the truth about the man he truly is. But, of course, he won't do it.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  106. William

    Simple tell us how EXACTLY he is going to produce twelve million jobs, and how long it will take him to do so. Everything the man has said so far is without substance we are all waiting to hear how he is going to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  107. slithytoves1

    Not. Possible.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  108. Becky - Las Vegas

    Jack, It isn't really what Mittens can do but what Obama can do to lose the debate. If Obama shows up with home video of himself being born under the "Welcome to Kenya" sign, shows photos of him and ex-DC Mayor Barry in their underwear smoking crack, played audio of he (Obama) and Ann Coulter having a torrid affair and barked like a Beagle when asked about Israel and Iran, THEN Mittens MIGHT have a fighting chance.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  109. CitizenJP

    You pundits make it sound like winning the debate is everything. Bottomline is whose plan is better for the middle class (families making <250K) no matter who wins the debate. Whose foreign policy do you support: smart strategic and tactical approach or more brute wars as Mr. Romney is suggesting? Who is better for America's future: one who wants to make education affordable for all or one who wants to eliminate education department? Who is better for the seniors: one who is supporting soc security and medicare or one who wants to make money off of it by privatizing these or eliminating these programs? American people will enjoy the debate but make up their mind based on what these candidates stand for.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  110. Walter Shmitt

    Nothing. Zip. Nada. There is no way Rmoney can "win" this, or any debate with Obama.

    MAYBE, if he provided detailed tax records, apologized to all citizens he has insulted, learned how to speak fluent spanish, donated all of his offshore money to education initiatives, AND promised not to rape medicare and social security. If he did all those things, then maybe he would do well in the debate. But win? I don't think so!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  111. ronjayaz

    There's nothing he can do. The guy's a stiff. Just look at their walks. The President's jazzy with a confident walk whereas Rmoney ("our money" 14.1% taxes with an option after the election that will be reduced to 10.1) & Rmoney's walks like his underwear is falling down inside his pants.Nov 7, 2012's headlines: OBAMA LANDSLIDES ROMNEY WHO LEAVES FOR HIS MORMON PLANET.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  112. Josh from New Orleans

    Romney will have to win the hearts and minds of the 47% and not come off looking like a wealthy jerk trying to "beat" a black man. Good luck with that.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  113. Avant

    Have Bill O'reilly moderate it.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  114. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    But I don't want him to win -he is a flip-flopper-who knows if he will do what he says this week-we don't-I don't want a man I have to guess about as President.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  115. Mark.....in Houston

    What Romney needs to do more than anything is convince those of us living outside his income level that he understands us, empathises with us and cares about our future. All of his business expertise, facts, plans, promises and numbers mean nothing if he doesn't.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  116. Michael from Williamsburg, Virginia

    I think it would take more than a few clever phrases from Romney to turn the election around- Listening to his rhetoric so far, it's so nebulous that a substantive fact eating lion would starve to death. Enough about what Obama got wrong- Tell us specifically what you will do to fix it! You won't hear it at the debate as he knows he will alienate even more voters if they knew the whole story.The American People are smart enough to know when they are being handed a snow-job.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  117. EJ in Metro Houston

    depends on WHICH Mitt Romney shows up Jack. If he comes in attacking the president like he tends to do when he is not in front of him then he'll lose for sure. At this point Romney would possibly lose a debate with himself something he could actually do with all the positions he has taken this year.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  118. Al from orlando

    If he wants to be elected, he should name the island where he will store his salary. Hopefully, Long Island but not Manhattan. Maybe give it to the 47%

    October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  119. Bob in San Diego

    Why would any rational American want Romney to "win" the debate? A look at the NY Times exposure of his manipulation of the U.S. tax code, his almost unlimited, overlapping offshore corporate entities and secrecy over past tax records puts any of the purported zingers he has compiled for the debate in question. Al Capone would have killed to have in his employ the tax shysters Romney appears to have assembled. What nefarious gambits do you suppose the candidate agreed to?

    October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  120. Not Pete in Georgia

    Does anyone that actually knows what they're talking about and believes in what they're saying actually need to practice for TWO plus months??? Think about it.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  121. DC

    By being honest? It's a rare personality trait of any politician now a days.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  122. zago

    By showing his taxes returns. Anything else is noise.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  123. Pat in Michigan

    Ain't happening Jack!Likable ...Compared to Obama? Cmon!!!If he wants to come off as authentic he should hire some Chinese dude to fill in for him and go visit his money in the Caymens!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  124. Jason

    Mitt Romney will need a miracle. By miracle, I mean no gaffes for an hour and a half. Also, not insulting 47% of Americans- including the elderly, disabled, and low income Americans will help too.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  125. Frances

    Ride a unicycle while singing 'America the Beautiful' in his dulcet tones.

    Frances
    Escondido

    October 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  126. Susanne Meyer-Binder

    He can keep his mouth shut.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  127. Mike M. Scappoose, OR

    he could cross his finger that President Obama will be a no show, but I wouldn't hold my breath...

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  128. Robert, St. Johnsville, NY

    Mitt would have to do a lot of things, including, but not limited to: explain his plans, explain his similarities with Obama (so Obama supporters won't feel they're leaving what they're looking for), explain his differences (So his current followers don't flee in droves), and explain how he'll use them. Unfortunately, like every other debate and argument he's made, it isn't going to happen. Sadly. Worse yet, he's practicing those zingers to use in his upcoming "Match spending" ad planning, so that if he can catch the President once, you'll be hearing it until Nov.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  129. Logic N LA

    Start with the truth and stop listening to his advisors. I used to like Romney, but his pandering has made me very anti- Romney. He is for anything to get elected. He will denounce anything in front of a group if he thinks it will work and it comes accross phoney everytime he does it.
    Be the moderate you are. You will still get conservative to vote for you and you might just pick up someof the middle.
    I'm still voting for Obama

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  130. Charles M.

    "What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?"

    Talk about what Obama has done (or not) to the economy.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  131. techchick

    He is behind in the likeability factor and zingers are only going to make him less so. And no eye rolling like in his convention speech. Quit acting like a 12 year old boy.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  132. Mike (Indiana)

    Romney will need to do more than say Obama is going in the wrong dirrection and that he's gonna turn it around. I've yet to hear much different than bringing back Bush policies, cutting 'restrictive and burdensome' regulations, cutting spending, etc, etc. No details about exactly what they plan, because they know SOMEBODY will scream about it no matter what they try. As long as they stay vague, everyone is somewhat quiet, since no one knows whether they should scream or not...

    October 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  133. Zago, Virginia

    If he walks into that debate with his tax files for at least 10 years under his arms, he will emerge as a hero. Trust will be established as the governor will be partially absolved from his 47% disparaging comment. Anything else is noise and will be regarded as cooked for the show.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  134. PacificView

    Mitt needs to stop "trying" to be likeable and say what he is going to do that is worth electing him. Another set of bumper sticker zingers will get him as far as the last 20 have.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  135. Mike from Mystic, CT

    I think if Mitt says that he, and not President Obama, can actually work with the Congress to get something done, he might have a winner. I'm not voting for Romney, mind you, because I'm afraid of what a GOP president and GOP-controlled Congress might actually do, but Americans are tired of gridlock and Romney can probably make a better case that he can break that gridlock, while the President probably can't.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  136. Mike

    Pay someone with a personality to do it for him.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  137. Bob

    Romney's preparing some "zingers," is he? They will probably backfire on him, just like almost everything he has said in his campaign so far. As long as Obama sticks to the high road, and keeps his answers reasonably brief, Romney will cook his own goose.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  138. lynnej in north carolina

    I think it is too late because he's lied and flip-flopped all over the place that no one knows or would believe any position that he takes.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  139. David Doherty

    Allow his taxes be made available for the public to veiw and prove he's not better off than he was 4yrs ago. He'll never do this, not because there's anything improper in his taxes, it's because, and I'd bet my last dollar on it, it's because his tax statement would show he much, much better off over the past 4yrs.
    Dave from NH.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  140. Jerome (Victorville, CA)

    Are you kidding? Romney the Robot is not going to win any debate.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  141. beevee

    Pray and pander for which he is known. Moot question.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  142. Al from orlando

    wear his jeans

    October 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  143. Frances

    A couple of things to improve his image. Stand up like a man and tell his crazy tea party voters that President Obama is an American Citizen, and they should be ashamed for lying about the President of the United States.

    Show his tax returns...2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and especially 2009.

    Fran

    October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  144. Dave in WA

    Romney can only win if Obama flops. Why? When you run on failed ideas (same as GW Bush's) you are already on the losing side of the argument.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney needs to stop referring to President Obama as "the president". It's proper to call Obama "his opponent" because he's debating him to take away that title, not remind voters he's not the president. Often times when President Obama is campaigning he refers to Romney as "his opponent" , which is the smart thing to do, because it's Obama's paid for media time. Romney needs to use his time wisely and talk about himself, not Ann, not his children and certainly not Obama, just himself.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  146. TiredOfPaying

    He can say he'll tax Capital Gains at 5% more than the average American's rate. He can end the War on Drugs and legalize MJ. He can nationalize all the for-profit prisons. He can tax those making over $1mill at 90%. He can put a penalty of $250k per job offshored. He can grant $50k for each job returned to the US. He can make American companies pay taxes on foreign profits. He can repeal Citizens United. He can eliminate all subsidies for Big Oil, Big Pharm and Big Agriculture.

    But since he won't do ANY of those things, he CAN'T win!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  147. Jon

    Mitt will not be able to overcome his vague, smugness that has alienated so many voters. His offensive will be focused on "zingers" against the President and will alienate him even more.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  148. Tim in San Diego

    Romney needs to be firm but not too aggressive Jack. Obama is a great speaker who I think was elected because voters overlooked his lack of experience due to his exceptional oratory skills. The only chance Romney has of minimizing those skills is to be firm and hammer on Obama's record and how his policies have not and will not get Americans back to work. He then needs to present his vision without giving too many specifics that his opponent could possibly seize on and exploit.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  149. Fred Holz

    Interestingly enough, I do not think it is Romney that needs to change. Ed Crane, a local DJ on KFBK described it well yesterday. His commentary pointed out that, American citizens have forgotten how to be exceptional. We have become OK with just getting by. We have tempered our desire and goals simply due to an economic meltdown that has many, many folks on their heels.
    As a country we have elected to throw our hands up in the air and simply accept what we can get, instead of determining our own fate. We have abandoned our roots and core values as a country. No, the messaging is not Mitt Romney’s problem. The problem lies with the filter of the listener. We do not want to hear that it will take work, dedication and perseverance. We do not want to hear that we will have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps if we want to be exceptional again.
    Likeability has nothing to do with it. Can Romney manage a large company to success? He has shown this time and time again. We need an administrator in office. Someone who has a shot at getting control of our spending so that we can reignite the American Spirit. That is what we need, a reminder of who and what we are as a country. We do not need more division and a reminder that we are supposed to be racist. As a country we are world leaders. However, before we can lead we need to stand up straight and be proud once again.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  150. Russ

    Romney and the Republicans have alienated so many constituencies up and down the political spectrum that the only ones they have left are Tea Party and old angry white guys, some of which belong to both. That is not a winning coalition.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  151. Pat - NJ

    Jack, did you really say Romney is practicing his zingers? That says it all.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  152. MicheleIsHot

    The only way he can even come close is to plead the 5th amendment on every question.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  153. St._John

    I foresee a landslide coming and it will be dumping entirely on Willard. I doubt Romney will even show up for the subsequent debates after the spanking he is about to receive tomorrow night. It's over; has been for quite some time and I am certain that the GOP is well aware of it.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  154. John

    The republicans are a joke, Romney should stay away from Christies greasy little hands since Christie could make a meal out of his GOP hero. The republicans don't want to win the election because they understand their intellectual deficiencies are real. Romney will get the votes by people who only vote along party lines, not for the candidate who will do the best job for the nation. Christie has no discipline that is visible with his body, obese and sloppy.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  155. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Politics 101 – Never give details or specifics about anything. Based on that axiom, I don't expect anything earth shattering to come out of the debates. Maybe there will be some weakness exposed, or better yet, a huge "mis-statement" of gaffe. I'm looking at you Mr. Romney. This will be more of a side-by-side visual comparrison so voters can see what cool and calm looks like, compared to deceptive and sneaky.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Cee. La.

    He needs to get specific.....his vagueness is disturbing........

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  157. Daniel

    There is nothing he can do to win the debate, or this election.
    The President would have to fail miserably, and he won't.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  158. frank dileo

    He will have to be someone he is not......good luck in 2016

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  159. Carl-Anthony

    He really needs to explain his 47% comment. I was turned from him after hearing that.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  160. John from Chicago

    It's simple, pin the economy and the stagnation and lack of growth squarely on Obama. He focused on healthcare in his first two years and it cost him in the mid-terms. Had Obama focused on the economy during his first two years and showed progerss he would not have lost the in the mid terms and could have addressed healthcare in the second two years of his first term. He blames Congress but he needs to blame himself. He is to blame for the condition of today's economy, this is how Romney wins the debate.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  161. M.F. Stout

    The only way Mitt Romney can win the debate is to send anyone other than Mitt Romney to the debate.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  162. Dee

    If he wins the debit tomorrow, he might be a contender

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  163. Bob Klepak - Conyers, GA

    The onlky thing Mitt culd do to stem the negative tide and reverse it is to get President Obama to foam at the pitss. Foamingat the mouth would help too, but not as effective as foaming grom the arm pits.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  164. Jason

    Not be Mitt Romney, which is impossible, so nothing.

    Jason
    Germantown

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  165. Gigi Oregon

    What can Romney say to win the debates... Romney has said so much to undo in three debates.
    First on my list "there will be no more tax returns shown, period", then there is the support of the Republican version of "Sharia law" to impose on women (Hell hath no fury like a woman's scorned), "I'm (Romney) not concerned about the 47%",... That group included my generation. You know those who are on Social Security (an insurance policy I paid into), Veterans (my husband), and Super Pacs and the Supreme Court, (what of waste of money) . This doesn't end the list. It just ends my patience.

    I believe that being a Patriot is suporting the Government by paying my/your share and government collecting taxes to keep OUR government strong (and debt paid up) for "We the People". "Not for the elite to rule over the 47% with their guns and off shore bank accounts, to protect themselves. I believe it is my responsibility to vote for the person who will respect the laws and the President of the United States even if he does go to war in the wrong country (Republican President Bush). God will deal with him if...I honour my commitment to "We the People".

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  166. Daniel Curzon

    To win, Mitt Romney needs to drop out now.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  167. Joshua from Oklahoma

    Nothing. With all of his repeated flip-flops he's already lost.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  168. Kelly from Ontario Canada

    What can Romney do??

    I suppose he can hope that President Obama gets caught burning down an orphanage and someone catches it on their iphone.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  169. Zachary Freund

    Romney is guaranteed a victory in the first debate if he allows his wife to speak for him.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  170. Tom S

    Call in sick !

    October 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  171. Ben Peeler

    Nothing! He has already lost the election and the debates. We are just waiting to make it official.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  172. Oliva Howard

    He can't.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  173. Andy Stanton

    A challenger always has to be the aggressor, especially when he's behind in the polls. Romney must go on the offense, strongly, attack at every opportunity. This could pay off big but it could also backfire as it did with McCain in his first debate with Obama.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  174. Marlon Joseph

    For Romney to win? He must pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  175. Stephen Crawley

    I think Romney better hope an Angel shows up with some gold plates if he hopes to win.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  176. Ron Rahav

    PRAY!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  177. Mark C.

    If Romney is to win the debate, he needs to explain in detail his tax plan. In fact, He will need to explain in detail his entire platform before Obama asks Him about it. In essence He would be capitalizing on the fact that no one knows the details of his plan. This is the only we he can catch Obama, and the rest of the nation, off guard.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  178. lz

    Jack,

    Lets see if either of the candidates allow a third voice to be heard. I doubt that since the debate commission is run by both the Democips and Reblooducans...nothing would change no matter which one of these idiots get in office

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  179. Nathan Prophet

    Not show up on stage, but in a soup kitchen where he is talking on the same level and with sincere empathy to those that need help. Tell them that he is sorry for the 47% comment and now realizes that he has been brought up in and lives in a rich man's bubble. Tell everyone there and the TV audience that he realizes that the economy is not Obama's fault, but needs to be fixed, and then proceed to give details on how he would fix it while helping the middle class and not greasing the palms of the wealthy, and how he is specifically the best man for the job without putting down Obama. Say, specifically, what he would do and not do regarding Iran, Pakistan, China and Syria, and not blame Obama. He should say Obama was a good President for the specific time, but now the time is right for him to lead the country. He should not be negative at all toward Obama, and vice-versa. Stick to specifics and be positive – both of them.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  180. Deborah - Kansas City

    Romney's only chance of beating Obama would be to call for federal marijuana law reform. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, more than 50% of American voters support marijuana. Although not usually covered in mainstream media, CNN's Erin Burnett pointed out that marijuana legalization can have a real impact on the election, especially with the first debate being held in swing state Colorado.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  181. Susan from Ca

    Stop acting like he has already won the election and tell raunch mouth Eastwood his endorsement is not needed.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  182. j.torrey1@hotmail.com

    Mitt Romney has said he will create 12 million new jobs, but has not given any detail. What I want to know is ware they will be, how much will they pay and how perminate they will be?

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  183. Chuck from OHIO

    All Mitt needs to do is state the mess obama has made for four years with a junior senator's experence. That alone will cause anyone that Loves the Copuntry and what it has stood for in the world to vote for MITT! I already did today !

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  184. Bob of Morristown, NJ

    He'll have to do a number of things. Not commit any gaffes. Explain how his proposed tax cuts for the wealthy won't increase the taxes for the middle class. Be specific about which tax loopholes he will close to pay for this tax cut. Explain how giving more tax breaks for the wealthy will create more jobs instead of seeing more of their wealth go to the Cayman Isles, Switzerland etc. Finally, he will need to justify why it's OK for him to hide his tax returns, and if they contain ammunition for his rival to use, describe the nature of that ammunition.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  185. Richard From Montreal,Canada

    Romney can tell the American people that Obama and his party have been deceiving the American people throughout this entire campaign by not admitting their prominent role in causing the great recession.Obama keeps claiming he inherited a mess.President Obama said in 2008 that subprime lending was originally a good idea that helped distribute risk.Obama did not vote to regulate Fannie Mae in 2005 at the request of the Republicans.In fact Bill Clinton said that the Democrats were partially to blame for their refusal to regulate the GSEs.I think this is a crucial argument.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  186. familybragsite

    He can remind the people to hold the president responsible for the promises he made in his first campaign. Remind them of all the unkeep promises. If he didn't keep the promises then what makes you think he will keep his promises now when you can't hold him responsible in a second term.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  187. Phil, Philadelphia

    The Loss is already baked in the Cake. You can't have the Wrong ingredients put in the cake and expect the cake to turn out right. Romney stands for the wrong things; wrong policies; not on women side, minorities side, poor whites side; Well Heck, 47% of America's side. Right is normally right for mostly everybody... and when you do wrong it normally only benefits a select few which Romney only is fighting to benefit the rich, powerful. He is all entangled in Lies and the President only needs to Highlight the flip flops and the non specifics. No tax returns, exc.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  188. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Jack, the easiest way for Mitt Romney to win the debate tomorrow night is to use Hillary Clinton's barbs she threw at Obama when she was running against him 4 years ago during the Democrat primaries.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  189. Anthony

    Ask people to consider the failed state of California and if they actually want the rest of the US to pursue that same course. And remind thinking people what a failure this president has been and why 2/3 of the people - in most polls - state the nation is in the wrong track.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  190. Larry Phillips (Wilmington, Delaware

    Romney needs to be honest. I don't think we've been seeing the REAL Romney, who is more moderate. We've been seeing the Conservative Romney that he needed to portray to win the primary, and capture the base. Now that the right-wing is in his corner (because they HATE Obama), he needs to focus on the TRUE Romney, the one who was Massachusetts Governor, who is more reasonable, more principled and more moderate. If he realizes that epiphany tomorrow, he's got a chance. Otherwise it's back to cutting multi-million dollar deals for himself and his clients.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  191. suzanne anderson

    Easy, do what he does best, not answer the question.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  192. Donna F./ Florida

    II don't know what Mitt can do to win this debate, but I hope it doesn't happen. He would throw a wrench into everything that President Obama has tried( without any help from congress ) to accomplish. I firmly believe that if Obama wins, he will bring our country out of this funk.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  193. kyphi

    The best thing Romney can do is to show all of his tax records; other than that, his best chance is to keep his mouth shut since it costs him votes every time he opens it.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  194. Kasie

    I would like to know how he plans on addressing the needs of all Americans and not exclude 47%. Also, I would like to know how he plans on progressing with the rest of the United States on equality. More states and people are for gay rights and he seems to be a few years behind.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  195. frank oriakhi

    Romney has a "big mouth", he just needs to watch his mouth.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  196. Aubree'

    Romney can win only if he debates the same empty chair Clint Eastwood did.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  197. familybragsite

    You can remind the people to hold the president to his promises he made the first time. Remind them of all the unkeep promises and let them know that if he didn't keep them what makes them think he will keep the pormises he's making now when you can't hold him responsible in a second term.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  198. scuppa

    Stick to what he will do to make things better and not Obama-bash all night long – stick the the issues and tell us what he will do!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  199. Mr. E

    Hope Obama doesn't show up !!! Don't 4get Willard is a fine reader, but put him in a normal setting like a restaurant, or a walk around town, or just a simple incounter w/real blue collar, work'n class, down 2 earth people & sit back & watch the gaffs insue !!! Should b super entertaining 2 watch Obama articulately man handle Willard as he stumbles & looks 4 some1 2 advise him... ahhhhh, I miss G.W. !!!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  200. Sonni Juarez

    Keep his arrogant mouth closed to prevent his usual blip-of-the-brain, slip-of-the-lip comments! Obama will win without making a comment!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  201. Magdy

    Advise Romney to quit the race gracefully.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  202. Jamie Arthur

    In order the win the debate, Romney has to win over the media, which is going to probably never happen because everyone but Fox News is saying that Romney's campaign is in a tail spin. The media has been biased for Obama since Day 1 If Romney can stick to the media, then he can focus on Obama. If Romney can get the American public to listen to him, and not the media he might have a chance to the win a debate or two.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  203. JasonP

    His best shot of not destroying himself in the debate is to simply not show up.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  204. GPolitics

    After the 47% comment even my GOP family members will be voting for President Obama. I don't think you understand we are a afro american family with a few good men who served and think their GOP.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  205. Neil from Michigan

    Jack,

    Gov. Romney comes off as being 'entitled' to the presidency. He might be an aristocrat. I suggest that he look in the eyes of the American people (and loosen his tie).

    October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  206. Independent Vote

    Romney can remind every American
    That while Good Men Fought and Good Men Died
    OBAMA Slept the Night Away.

    For FIVE HOURS straight they fought the fight
    Holding out with hope and faith knowing US Marines stood off shore in ships.

    But all the time a President Slept
    and One By One they did Fall
    and One by One they did DIE

    While OBAMA Slept.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  207. Cody Sprague

    Jack, he needs to give up on his "we need to help the private sector" rhetoric. The American people are not looking for him to help out his rich associates in the private sector, but to stop them from moving our nations factories overseas. We don't need to "help" the private sector, their CEO's are making plenty of money. They need to take that money and increase wages for the workers and help out the American economy. We need to make sure there are plenty of jobs for the middle class here in America and he needs to lay out his plan to make America more attractive for businesses without increasing taxes on the middle class nor lowering them on the rich.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  208. Lee - in Rochester, NY

    Romney can win only if he can get enough people to believe in his positions on issues. Oh, that's right, he doesn't have any!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  209. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    All the things he won't do ... show his tax returns ... cut the sarcasm ... change his attitude ... start investing his extensive wealth in America ... and keep his mouth shut.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  210. Jake in Omaha

    What can Mitt Romney do to win the first debate?

    Willard can't do anything to win the debate. The voters simply don't trust this guy. Many of us are still waiting for those
    tax returns for the last10 years. Before I give him my vote I want to know how much un-taxed money he has in those accounts in the Cayman Islands. I think I smell a rat.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  211. chris

    What can romney do to win the debates? Anything but be himself.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  212. Pat - Newport Beach, CA

    The only way Willard can win any debates is by thinking of new lies to tell. The old lies are already wearing thin.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  213. brucestechconversation

    I expect Romney to score points by scolding the President.
    The best way for him to do that is to act like it's a hostile employee review:
    "You didn't do that Mr. President."
    "You have left our embassy staffs out in the open, undefended."
    "You haven't created enough jobs."
    "You haven't worked with Congress for the benefit of our Country."
    "You just haven't done your job, Mr. President."

    October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  214. Grant in Nashville

    It's difficult pretending to be someone you are not. Trying to speak the language of conservatives when you are a Massachusetts moderate during a debate is nearly impossible. He may want to try something new, like being himself, providing details on his plans to improve the economy and stop being condescending and smug toward 47% of the country.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  215. Ralph Novak, Lincoln, CA

    Nothing. He is too wooden. Replay his performances during the primary debates. The only time Mitt was relaxed and forthright was when he made his 47% crack in Florida.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  216. Tess Clinton Ms

    Jack
    I don't want him to win!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  217. liz - Montgomery, AL

    Lock President Obama in a closet so he won't show

    October 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  218. Alice from Louisiana

    Staying at home is his only option, showing up will only make things worst for him

    October 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  219. Travis from SD

    Ok, I'm going to attempt a reasonable answer as an Obama supporter because, quite honestly, the discourse in this election is childish. As such, one thing Mitt can do right off the bat to win over the moderates in this country is to not take that course in these debates, but rather rise above and feign a respectful and intelligent tone. Next, he has to at least provide SOME insight into how he plans to take on some of the hefty promises given during the RNC. It is true that details seem to be absent from both parties, but the grandiose and vague statements made (particularly by Ryan) are going to decisively turn off moderate intellectuals, even those who are fiscally conservative. He also needs to tone it down on his foreign policy attacks on the president, I don't think thats a fight he can win. Where he is going to have the most credibility and gain the most momentum is to stick to the economy and bit by bit begin piecing together his detailed vision for recovery for ALL Americans. The challenge here is to convince the middle class this vision benefits them.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  220. Joyce Mayberry (Centerville, TN)

    He needs to say something with the ring of truth! It all sounds like canned spam. How is he going to do all the things he says he will do, since he has said more than 2 or 3 versions on the same subject!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  221. Little Axes in Boca, Florida

    At this point there is not much Romney can do to change his image. The best shot Romney has of winning the election is a low turnout, either because of voter suppression or general disinterest. We know these bankers like Romney don’t care about the country but the Republican vote is solid. Republicans vote regardless of the candidate because of race tradition or religion and are too naïve to know better. We are still looking forward to a good debate however. Let’s see if the “Liberal Messiah” has still got it.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  222. Tony

    He could say that he's come to the realization that pandering to the extreme right in his party has been a mistake, and that he's not a racist; doesn't hate immigrants; doesn't hate gays; doesn't hate women; doesn't hate people who are not as rich as he is; has decided to bring his money back from the Caymans and Switzerland; and has ditched Ryan and replaced him with Todd Akin.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  223. Sierra

    Mitt Romney believes in NOTHING, Mitt Romney has NO core convictions! Mitt Ro,ney is a PHONY! Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on EVERY SINGLE major issue – NO ONE can really say they KNOW what Mitt Romney believes from one day to the next – because Mitt Romney has shown he is willing to say anything – if he thinks it will win him! Mitt Romney has been one of the WORST, and one of the MOST DISHONEST, presidential candidate in modern history.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  224. Mysterious

    He has to hope and pray that Americans will have total amnesia about everything that he's done and/or said, and then hope and pray that all of the audio and video of what he says will all magically disappear.

    In other words, Etch-a-Sketch.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  225. Oliva Howard

    Romney's 47% is NOT a statement/gaffe on par with guns and religion, or what was mentioned today about the middle class being buried. Anyone can see that V.P. Biden meant under George Bush and the neo-cons we were buried. Easily clarified by the debate! And a great opportunity. Not a "headache" for Pres. Obama as described by Gloria Borgia! Former Gov. Romney cannot win the election. In my opinion, he lost it the day that video went viral. P.S. I loved V.P.Bide's passion when speaking about the hardships we have all faced since the recession. Olivia Howard
    Los Gatos, Ca.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  226. Rick Morgan

    How can Mitt Romney win the debate? He can't......unless he chooses at that moment to tender his resignation.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  227. Independent Vote

    Romney will play all his tricks and state
    how bad the economy is
    unemployment above 8% for 43 months
    39% of average American wealth and savings lost under OBAMA
    6 Trillion in lost last payer money added to a national deficient
    a failed foreign policy, US embassies aflame and a US Ambassador dragged dead through the streets or the 2,000 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
    He can even point out the price of milk raising from 1.68 to 4.15 a gallon under OBAMA
    BUT...
    He will never win the argument that YES OBAMA GAVE ME A FREE PHONE !

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  228. upwardquest

    There is NO chance for Romney to win any of the so-called debates. President Obama is far and away the best man for the job. I am thankful to him for helping me keep my home. I voted for him in 2008 and will vote for him in 2012. Barack Obama is a great, intelligent, wise and caring man. He deserves 4 more years!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  229. California Gary

    To win he would have to answer all the questions in an honest and forthright fashion, with details as part of the equation. Ain't gonna happen........apparently Mitt thinks (or has been led to believe) that zingers and one liners is the way to go here. If he starts getting snarky and throwing cheap shots a mile a minute (accompanied by that horrible nervous laugh of his), then he is finished as a presidential candidate.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  230. Emile_Mervin

    Romney has to get off the jackass of vagueness and saddle up on the horse of specifics and details. He wants Obama's job, so he has to go beyond the IF YOU DON'T LIKE OBAMA, VOTE FOR ME mantra and tell America what he would do differently from Obama. Obama wants to eliminate the tax breaks for the wealthy 1% so that some of that money can go to the treasury for federal programs, but Romney says the tax breaks should remain for the wealthy so the wealthy can create jobs. Well, the wealthy had tax breaks since Obama took office in 2008: WHERE ARE THE JOBS THE WEALTHY CREATED? That's why it is hypocritical of Romney to accuse Obama of not creating jobs, when it is the private sector, as the engine of the economy, that should be creating jobs, but are sitting on their wealth hoping Obama gets the boot. The wealthy and Republicans are anti-American!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  231. Charlie

    Romney can win the debate if he just let's Obama do all of the talking

    October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  232. Denise in Florida

    Romney will not win any of the debates and I believe he has already lost this race because he has not earned the Americans trust – that is the bottom line. With his unending flip flopping and secretiveness about his taxes to date and his true beliefs being "revealed" in the disclosure of his behind closed doors comments on the 47% of Americans comments, he has proven that it is his own interests he is looking after, not the American citizens. And now with the GOP firing of the Strategic Allied Consulting company for creating Republican biased voter fraud it has fueled the downward spiral of his campaign. I personally don't think anything he could say will sway most intelligent folks to voting for him considering all of this and more..... If you haven't made up your mind yet then you are not paying attention or you are one of the 1% who will benefit by the GOP policies.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  233. x

    Mitt Romney can't even win a debate with himself much less anyone else.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  234. Bill

    Governor Romney will run around chasing is tail during the debate. The same way he would if he was to win the election. That's why as president his favorite place will be the oval office. What better place then the oval office to run around chasing your tail.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  235. pf from grays harbor

    1. The Lapdog Media won't care what he says because they've already coronated obama.
    2. Take away Soetoro's teleprompters (brains), and he's useless
    3. Remind voters that they won't survive four more years of Socialism and job destruction by DemoKKKrats

    October 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  236. Maria

    he has to erase all the past six months of being so hollow and not believable very time he opens his mouth. Can he do it? not in this lifetime. He is who he is and he has already shown us that person. Nothing will change the first impression.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  237. Dave

    Jack, In order for Romney to even have a chance he is going to have to a; Lose the stiff shirt. He is going to have to learn how to relax, he comes across as to rehearsed, almost robotic, and it is quite the turn off. b; Give the American people a reason not to vote for Obama by default. Why change bad for bad? c; Give some specifics, he doesn't have to reveal everything, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have to reveal anything. We want answers to our questions, and we aren't as willing to just take his word for it, as we used to be.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  238. Doug Dekker

    If Mitt Romney would stand up to tell the extreme right wing of his party to grow up or shut up and then follow through with being a leader and not a panderer, he could win the debate and very likely, the White House but I don't see it happening.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  239. Joe - New York, New York

    Well Jack, he would have to convince people that his policies are not George W. Bush's policies on crack. Good luck with that.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  240. Bill in Pleasanton, CA

    Romney has one chance ... start telling the truth. According to the Pulitzer prize winning political fact checking web site Politifact, only 29% of his statements/claims are true or mostly true. This means that 71% of his statements/claims are untrue. Untruthful = Untrustworthy = Unelectable.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  241. Jim Hahn

    The only way that Mitt could win the debate is if he actually answers a question. He has not shown a propensity to do that thus far in the campaign and I do not expect him to do so in the debate. He generally responds to the question he wants to answer, not the one that was asked.

    He is as untrustworthy a candidate as the American public has seen yet.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  242. Little Axes in Boca, Florida

    The debate will come down to who makes the fewer mistakes. The stakes are high for Romney and he will do well if he manages to hide the real Mitt. But if the real Mitt surfaces and his starts to stutter, as has happened in the past, he will look fake. The debates are Obama’s to lose as long as he relaxes and can be himself. He has carried himself well as President so far and If he takes that attitude and temperament into the debates he will be unbeatable.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  243. IMDaniel

    Remind us that con men are very likable. Tell us as president he will not spend his time running for office, he will be using his every effort to make the U.S. the most attractive place to invest. Remind us that it takes investment to create jobs. Remind us that there is plenty of money in the banks to loan investors and manufacturers are holding large sums they want to invest but are afraid to because the investment climate in the U.S. is not good. Remind the 47% that if they want to become less than that amount they must learn that being one of them is not good and investment will reduce the %.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  244. Bob

    I still think it will take a miracle to convince poor and middle class Americans they are better off with low wages and fewer benefits. Perhaps that why Romney's campaign staff is praying rather than preparing him for the debates as Obama's staff is.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  245. Nick

    Mitt should pray that Obama doesn't say anything like, "Hey Mitt, aren't you the guy who at age 16 protested in support of the draft during the Vietnam conflict, despite the fact that as a Mormon missionary, you yourself were exempt from being drafted?" How can someone be that much of a scum bag while they're still a teenager? "Hey you, do your part and fight for your country you lazy hippies. Oh me? I don't have to fight. I'm too busy recruiting people for a made-up religion."

    This man is too out of touch to be the leader of the free world. I can't see him being the President of this great country. We've all seen the fundraiser video, we all know what he really thinks about the American people–or at least 47% of them–when the microphones and TV cameras aren't present (well, ones that he's aware of).

    October 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  246. Bill in Pleasanton, CA

    After listening to hundreds of hours of President Obama and Mitt Romney talking, there is nothing that Mitt Romney is going to be able to say that will lead to my support. At some point, well informed people simply have to make a decision.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  247. Don in Boca, Florida

    At this point there is not much Romney can do to change his image and he is in trouble. The best shot Romney has of winning the election is a low turnout, either because of voter suppression or general disinterest. We know these bankers like Romney don’t care about the country but the Republican vote is solid. Republicans vote regardless of the candidate because of race tradition or religion and are too naïve to know better. We are still looking forward to a good debate however.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  248. Joe J

    The best Romney can do is break even. If his performance in the debate is stellar-his message/plan for America still falls way too short!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  249. Marcus Monas

    by staying home

    October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  250. David- Rancho Mirage, CA

    Romney's launching "zingers" will hand the debate to the President. His best chance of winning is to finally divulge specific details of his plans for tax reform, handling the deficit, creating jobs, improving healthcare, etc. Simply attacking the administration's record will give no proof than he could perform better if elected.....and for Pete's sake, he should stifle that ghastly laugh!

    October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |