October 15th, 2012
09:17 PM ET

Obama, Romney to face off in town hall debate: Moderator Candy Crowley weighs in

The pressure to perform is certainly on for the second presidential debate on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney will answer questions from uncommitted Long Island voters at Hofstra University. The Gallup Organization recruited the audience from a random pool of Nassau County residents. Questions will range from domestic to foreign policy issues.

Analysts predict the president will likely come out swinging, especially after a highly criticized lackluster performance in the last debate. Romney's challenge for tomorrow's debate is to maintain the momentum gained from the first presidential debate.

The free-for-all forum will force the candidates to be personable, while at the same time fact check each other. Making a likeable impression may be  a strong suit for Obama, but it's definitely a weak point for Romney.

On the campaign trail candidates do not directly speak to voters, let alone undecided voters. So the challenge will be interacting with voters, while not seeming too aggressive towards each other.

CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley is moderating the debate.

Crowley believes the town hall-style can make or break the candidate. Obama and Romney have to find a way to relate to the audience.

"Well I think as trivial and as cliché as this is, they have to show some connection with the folks asking the question in their answers. They have to show that they get it. Or that they at least have some way that they’d like to try and help solve," explains Crowley.

But for those expecting the show the vice presidential candidates put on last week, Crowley doubts that will be the case.

"If you're looking for Joe Biden I don’t think you’re going to see him tomorrow night," she adds.

OutFront tonight: CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Filed under: 2012 Election • 2012 Presidential Debate • News • Politics
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