Transcript for 2nd Presidential Debate: Obama Must Bring 'A Game'
touch and clueless. It really is high-takes. Let's bring in matthew dowd with more. Last time, president obama came in with high expectations. This time, expectations are reversed. The president came in four or five points ahead. And it's at best tied or a point or so behind. He has to bring his a-game. He can't show up like alex rodriguez. He has to hit the pitches. He can't be aggressive. If he is not, he and michelle might get the boxes and call the movers. If he doesn't bring his a-game, he might not be in the white house. That means answering the questions of the voters first, before you pivot to attack. And these town hall meetings, we've seen the stage craft matters even more. Sters. The president in the last debate, came across as passive. Came across as without energy. He has to bridge the energy. But he can't be aggressive because he can't be aggressive to voters. How about mitt romney? My risk for him tonight? There is risk. He has momentum. If it stops dead in his tracks, the president has an advantage in the electoral college. But there is risk for mitt romney. Matthew dowd, thank you very much. Watch tonight. Diane sawyer and I will anchor live coverage right here on abc. Now, to the big headline
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