Debate Prep: Both Sides Lowering Expectation

David Muir has an inside look at how both candidates are preparing for their showdown.
3:00 | 09/28/12

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Just 39 days to go before "your voice, your vote." And just five days to go before what could be a make-or-break first debate for mitt romney. Abc's david muir is just back from traveling with the romney campaign. He's here with us now, for an inside look at how both campaigns are preparing for the showdown. Reporter: This is always fun and predictable. Both sides are already trying to lower expectations. The obama campaign arguing in five of the last six debates, the challengers were perceived the winners. Romney's had a lot of practice. As you'll see, the romney camp, painting the president as a master orator. Through ohio and virginia, this morning, a shift to that crucial first debate. Overnight, a senior adviser to the romney campaign, sending a memo to romney surrogates. Setting expectations low. Saying president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker. And is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in recent history. The governor had the same with us. He's a brilliant orator. Reporter: Romney will practice again this weekend. The president will travel to nevada this weekend for three days of prep. Senator john kerry will play mitt romney. Both sides are trying to avoid those infamous debate moments. You're likable enough, hillary. Thank you. Reporter: And there was that bet. 10,000 bucks? 10,000 bet? Reporter: But so much of it rests with the candidate. The hbo film "game change," nicolle wallace is predicted trying to show sarah palin get ready for the debate. It wasn't my fault. I wasn't properly prepped. You weren't properly prepped because you wouldn't listen to us. Reporter: Takes you back, doesn't it? President obama looking to lock in his lead. And for romney, many political strategists arguing this first debate will be make-or-break as george pointed out. Certainly taking nicolle wallace back.

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