The two will debate in a town hall format tonight. (Photo : Reuters)
Tonight will be the second presidential debate of the season. It will be presented in a town hall setting in Hempstead, N.Y. The election is only 14 days away, so this is a critical moment for both candidates to prove themselves and show they can appeal to the common voter. Here's a list of what's expected to take place during tonight's second to last debate.
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1. Obama's performance
President Barack Obama's first debate didn't fare so well with public. Mitt Romney was the clear "winner." Obama's mission will be to compensate for his lackluster performance. Critics and the public alike all predicted the commander-in-chief would come out as victor during the debate two weeks, but some said he was "too polite" and "easy-going."
ABC News said Obama is also likely to come armed with some "zingers" this time around.
"The new strategy is clearly aimed at reassuring Democratic voters of his passion for the job and willingness to fight for the values that helped get him there."
2. An empathetic Romney
Throughout his campaign, Romney has had struggles with relating to the "average American." He has been criticized for "being too rich," and only pandering to the wealthy. This second debate is a chance for him to reach out to the middle and lower class voters. A recent ABC/Washington Post poll said Obama fares better understanding economic problems. The poll also showed that Obama was more friendly and likeable, honest and trustworthy.
Romney will have to prove that he has what it takes to be "one of you." Analysts say Romney should have no problem with that as he has attended 23 town hall meetings compared to Obama's one.
3. Obama calling out Romney
USA Today said during the first debate that Obama surprised viewers by not bringing up Romney's comment saying 47 percent of Americans are "victims" who rely on government support and Romney's record running Bain Capital. Obama is expected to confront Romney on these issues tonight.
4. Female voters
A slew of Hollywood actresses have made commercials criticizing Romney on his stance on women's rights including abortion. Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington made a political ad for MoveOn.org, which condemned the candidate for his stances on the controversial issue. There's no doubt that Romney will have to face this issue tonight with ease and caution.
5. Body Language
Unlike the first debate, Romney and Obama will sit in chairs and use microphones rather than stand behind a podium.
"Their bodies will be in full view during Q&A creating the opportunity for viewers to study their posture, mannerisms and body language for presidential poise as they answer questions and while listening to their opponent," ABC News said.
The article said in the first debate, Romney looked at Obama expressionless during his responses, and was praised for his disciplined behavior, while Obama carelessly looked down at his podium when Romney spoke. The Obama campaign said the President will be lively and energetic and the Romney campaign said he will be himself.
The debate will air at 9 p.m. EDT on all major news networks.