The big showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney happens tomorrow night in Denver. The two candidates will face each other for 90 minutes in a debate that both have been playing down to lower expectations. But the stakes couldn’t be higher. Romney told supporters in Denver recently that the debate is not a competition. CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser has the details on that and some new polls.
Steinhauser affirms that Romney’s statements in Denver are another attempt at playing down the importance of the debates, but he and Obama are definitely getting ready for the showdown. “Both candidates are in their final debate prep,” Steinhauser says. Mitt Romney is “hunkering down with Rob Portman, the senator from Ohio who’s playing Obama in their mock debates.” Steinhauser says the president is doing the same, and hunkering down with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. “He is playing Mitt Romney in the debate preps.”
In the latest CNN/ORC poll, 50% of likely voters choose Obama for president to 47% for Romney. “That three point advantage for the president is definitely within the poll’s sampling error so you can consider it a tie,” Steinhauser says. However, “while the national polls are really, really tight in the states, the president has a little bit more of an advantage.”