As we get closer to election day, people are getting beginning to make their final decisions on who they are voting for. In some states, people have already started to vote, but is it too early to be sure? This week kicks off the first of the general election debates, which are predicted by some to change the “entire narrative of this race.” While these debates are being referred to as the “Super Bowl of politics,” and most of the nation is expected to tune in on Wednesday, the only people expected to be effected are those who are still on the fence about who to vote for, namely the independents.
These debates will be crucial for gaining that small final percentage of support in the election. The Obama camp knows that they have a slight lead over Romney and these debates are crucial in remaining on top. With this in mind, it’s also important to realize that Romney has to be on his A-game since this final month of campaigning can determine whether he will be able to come out on top in the final moments of the race or not. In order to get on top and stay on top, both candidates must be extremely careful about a bevy of things during the debate, from how often they blink to what they actually say. According to this article, the “winner” of each debate is determined far before the discussion is over (within the first 30 minutes) and by much more than the words spoken (mostly by the amount of sighs and scowls). Obviously physicality is essential when the entire nation is watching, but so is experience. Obama is a seasoned veteran in the one on one debates, while Romney is coming from a background of group debates where he has been responsible for defending himself against a team of people. These debates will be interesting to watch as this will be the first time both candidates will be able to directly discuss the economic issues that have been a central focus during the campaign, and we will get a chance to see if Romney can redeem himself by talking about economics again or if Obama can keep the advantage through to the end of the race.