A conservative presidential election analyst and a former
congressman believe it will be a tall order for President Barack
Obama to recover in tonight's second presidential debate, where
they believe he won't likely be able to defend his record.
Tonight's debate at Hofstra University in
Hempstead, New York, will cover both foreign and domestic policy.
It will be a town hall format in which a panel of undecided voters
selected by The Gallup Organization will ask the questions.
Discussion will be moderated by Candy Crowley, CNN's chief
An analysis by Associated Press summarizes the hopes
of each camp, saying while Romney would love another debate like
the last one, Obama most certainly would not. Dr. Charles W.
Dunn of Regent
University says President Obama lost the first debate on both
style and substance.
"He has to recover in both, and that means that those gestures,
those looks of his face, those things that we as a people took
negatively from him -- he's got to get rid of those things," the
professor asserts. "And then substantively, he's got to be able to
speak with knowledge and in a way that we understand."
Compared to Obama, Dunn believes Romney spoke
confidently with arguments that demonstrated his
"So it's a tall order for Barack Obama now to recover," he
Bob Beauprez, a former Colorado congressman who attended the
first debate in Denver, believes Mitt Romney will be well prepared
in the area of foreign policy.
"I know he's got some very capable foreign policy advisors," he
notes. "Mitt is obviously a very quick study, and I think he's
going to do very well. In addition to Mitt's capabilities, I'm
guessing right now the last thing that Barack Obama wants to do is
defend his foreign policy."
Beauprez says Obama will have a tough time defending either his
domestic or foreign record.
"The economy is such an enormous issue and it will continue to
be," the former congressman regards. "I think Barack Obama has
failed miserably on his pledge to fix the economy. I think he has
failed miserably on his oath to protect and defend the United
States of America against all of our enemies."
He doubts Romney will go soft on Obama in the area of foreign
policy during this debate and the final one at Lynn University in
Boca Raton, Florida, on October 22, which will deal exclusively
with foreign policy.