Tuesday 16 January 2018

Caitriona Palmer: Romney's task: to goad Obama into a mistake

THEY have been cramming like high school students before a final exam and tonight, in front of 50 million viewers, they will face a make or break moment with no room for failure.

With a month to go before the US elections, Mitt Romney will be taking on Barack Obama in a presidential debate that could be his last chance at striking a decisive blow after a series of blunders that put him on the defensive and left him lagging in the polls.

Both men have spent much of their time in recent days holed up in "debate camp", eating, breathing and sleeping policy questions and rehearsing snappy answers, hoping to avoid disastrous gaffes while knocking their opponent off their script.

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