President Barack Obama arrives in Denver as the frontrunner for the first debate with Mitt Romney, set for Wednesday night. Obama has a slight lead in the polls nationally and an even larger lead in the swing states. Most Americans (54%) are expecting the president to win the first debate, vs. 28% expecting Romney to win.
No candidate wants the public to have high expectations for his performance. Simply put, it is much easier to exceed expectations if the expectations are low. (However, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not get this memo.)
Fortunately for Obama, the first debate is supposed to focus on domestic policy. Mitt Romney recently has made headway undermining Obama’s foreign policy in the wake of the Libya disaster in which four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed in what appears to have been a well-planned terrorist attack. The Romney campaign has been seizing on the recent unrest in the Middle East as evidence of failed Obama policies. Read