To begin with, it’s the first time the two major presidential candidates have been on the same stage. Second, what happens tonight may well set the stage for the next two clashes, and the election. Obama is ahead now, but debates can be game-changers (although they’re usually just the opposite).
Some Romney advisors, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have been crowing that their man will come armed with zingers that’ll make a Jay Leno monologue look a Quaker Sunday service.
Others, such as vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, have been downplaying expectations. That puts the Romney camp on both sides of the question — just like their candidate has been, on just about ever major issue.
Obama’s crew have been lowering his expectations. They say Romney is far more experienced in debating, especially in this election cycle.
Give us your analysis on what you believe is going to happen, how and why.
What surprises do you see in store?
Who will spring the Ronald Reagan line, “There you go again . . .” first? Will one guy accuse the other of being “a card-carrying member of the ACLU?”
Put your thoughts in the comments below.