If you are expecting something new in content from the debates, you will not find it unless either candidate wants to put more meat on the bones. Maybe, the debate process can draw out some details, however with the broad scope of possible topics it just doesn’t seem like there will be time to dig deep.
That might be an effective strategy for either candidate to pursue. Dig deeply into energy strategy, for instance. We already know that Romney wants to “drill baby drill” and Obama wants to develop renewable energy. Both seek energy independence in short order. Which one has the most plausible path toward their stated outcomes?
Neither candidate will be particularly eager to address immigration policy, however, one or the other might ignite the fuse. Obama will be exceptionally well prepared to address the topic as he has proposed legislation before. His domestic policy advisor is an expert on the subject. What will Romney offer that he hasn’t already to appeal to Latino’s?
The biggest question is what can be done and should be done to produce a sustainable economy that will produce a good life for all? Obama may argue that more investment is needed to help people at the low end of society to become better prepared to enter the globally competitive workforce. Romney will argue that worker education is a good investment too. Yet, how will either candidate engage capitalists and entrepreneurs to invent, innovate, and invest in a new economy? What are their visions for renewing the American economy?
We have not heard sufficient answers to questions about a sustainable economy from anyone, so there lies the opportunity for Romney to become bold and different. There too is the opportunity for Obama to make another touchdown.
Time is running out.
“Mitt Romney’s Path to Victory Narrows as President Obama Inches Towards Victory
Published September 30, 2012
Fox News Latino
DES MOINES, Iowa – With just five weeks to Election Day, time is not on Mitt Romney’s side.
President Barack Obama is now within reach of the 270 electoral votes he needs to win a second term making Romney’s path to victory even narrower.
To overtake Obama, Romney would need to quickly gain the upper hand in nearly all of the nine states where he and Obama are competing the hardest.
Polls show the president with a steady lead in many of them as Romney looks to shift the dynamics of the race, starting with their first debate Wednesday in Denver.
“We’d rather be us than them,” says Jennifer Psaki, an Obama spokeswoman.
But Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan says there’s time for the GOP ticket to win. “In these kinds of races people focus near the end, and that’s what’s happening now,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”
If the election were held today, an Associated Press analysis shows Obama would win at least 271 electoral votes, with likely victories in crucial Ohio and Iowa along with 19 other states and the District of Columbia. Romney would win 23 states for a total of 206.
To oust the Democratic incumbent, Romney would need to take up-for-grabs Florida, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Virginia, which would put him at 267 votes, and upend Obama in either Ohio or Iowa.
The AP analysis isn’t meant to be predictive. Rather, it is intended to provide a snapshot of a race that until recently has been stubbornly close in the small number of the most contested states.
It is based on a review of public and private polls, television advertising and numerous interviews with campaign and party officials as well as Republican and Democratic strategists in the competitive states and in Washington.
In the final weeks before the Nov. 6 vote, Obama is enjoying a burst of momentum and has benefited from growing optimism about the economy as well as a series of Romney stumbles. Most notably, a secret video surfaced recently showing the Republican nominee telling a group of donors that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves victims dependent on the government.
To be sure, much could change in the coming weeks, which will feature three presidential and one vice presidential debate. A host of unknowns, both foreign and domestic, could rock the campaign, knocking Obama off course and giving Romney a boost in the homestretch.
Barring that, Romney’s challenge is formidable.
Obama started the campaign with a slew of electoral-rich coastal states already in his win column. From the outset, Romney faced fewer paths to cobbling together the state-by-state victories needed to reach the magic number.
It’s grown even narrower in recent weeks, as Romney has seen his standing slip in polls in Ohio, with 18 electoral votes, and Iowa, with six. That forced him to abandon plans to try to challenge Obama on traditionally Democratic turf so he could redouble his efforts in Ohio and Iowa, as well as Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada and Virginia.
Romney is hoping that come Election Day, on-the-fence voters tip his way. But there are hurdles there, too.
Early voting is under way in dozens of states, and national and key states surveys show undecided voters feel more favorably toward Obama than Romney.
The Republican is in a tight battle with Obama in Florida, as well as Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.
But Ohio’s shifting landscape illustrates Romney’s troubles over the past few weeks.
Republicans and Democrats agree that Obama’s solid lead in public and private polling in the state is for real. Over the past month, the president has benefited from an improving economic situation in the state; its 7.2 percent unemployment rate is below the 8.1 percent national average. Obama’s team also attributes his Ohio edge to the auto bailout and GM plant expansions in eastern Ohio.”