Barack Obama anticipates comeback in second presidential debate, Romney retains aggressive position


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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in the first presidential debate, held in Denver, Colorado.

Solomon Keithley

Round two of the 2012 presidential debates finds the candidates in a town-hall meeting, rousing issues on foreign and domestic policies.

In attempt to capitalize on his performance in the first debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will try to continue his aggressive position against President Barack Obama.

The debate will run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. CST Tuesday in Hempstead, N.Y.

“Obama needs to prove that he is more hard-hitting than he was in debate one,” said Steffen Schmidt, university professor of political science, in analyzing each candidate’s abilities. “Romney needs to show that he is really as moderate and dynamic as he was in his performance.”

Citizens at the debate will be able to ask the questions. Each candidate will have two minutes to answer each question, with a moderator, Candy Crowley, facilitating the discussion. The citizens at the meeting will be undecided voters chosen by the Gallup Organization. Neither candidate is allowed to an opening statements, but they will have two minutes each to make a closing statement.

“It’s a town hall debate, so I am wondering how good the questions from the audience, all of them undecided voters, will be,” Schmidt said. “I think Obama will try, no matter what the questions are, to be more animated, engaged, awake and interested than he was in the last debate. … Both [candidates] have to be careful not to get annoyed at anything or to become annoying.”

Corey Cox, freshman in pre-architecture, explained what he was looking forward to the debate.

“To see who will slip up first,” Cox said. “I want to see if Obama can rebound from his last debate. I am interested to see what topics they lean toward talking about most, the topics they find most important. I want to know if Romney will clarify his tax plan in this debate, and lastly, I want to see how they are going to sway the undecided voters [who] are present.”