Expectations game in full swing for U.S. presidential debate

Obama claims to be only “ok”… while Romney is “good”… which might have a little bit of truth to it.. Obama could easily get caught up in complicated thoughts.. become distant.. and fumbling… it’s a flaw..

Christie’s off script comments were off script.. but probably also true.. in the sense that the last chance for Romney now.. is to restart a new wave in public opinion.. after the first debate..

But also.. Christie is a guy who says what he wants.. he spent twenty minutes at the convention talking about himself and his record in New Jersey… before even mentioning the presidential candidate Mitt Romney…

Expectations game in full swing for U.S. presidential debate:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie points as he delivers the keynote address to delegates during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie points as he delivers the keynote address to delegates during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Three days before the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign, allies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sought to influence expectations on Sunday, with the president describing his debating skills as “just OK.”

The Democratic incumbent and the Republican former governor of Massachusetts face off in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday for their first of three televised debates.

Advisers to both men have tried to lower expectations for their respective candidates, and Obama got into the action during a rally in Nevada.

“Gov. Romney … he’s a good debater. I’m just OK,” the president told a crowd of about 11,000 outside a local high school.

“What I’m most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing and restore security for hard-working Americans. That’s what people are going to be listening for,” he said.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie predicted fellow Republican Romney’s performance would alter the course of the campaign. Polls show Obama with a slight edge nationally and in critical swing states that will decide the November 6 election.

“This whole race is going to turn upside down come Thursday morning,” Christie told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

His comments strayed from the script of both campaigns, which have tried to play down their own candidate’s chances and talk up their opponent’s, thus making it easier to claim victory or explain a defeat after the face-off.

“I think what we need is a big and bold performance on Wednesday night, and that’s what he’s going to give us,” Christie said of Romney on ABC’s “This Week.”

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(Via Reuters: Top News)

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