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  • Obama-Romney debate challenge: handling the off-script moment

    Reuters - 10/02/2012

    If history is a guide, Democrat Barack Obama will have a tough time in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Republican Mitt Romney will be particularly aggressive, and both will risk committing a damaging gaffe if they wander off their talking points.

    “They are pretty evenly matched as debaters,” said Alan Schroeder of Northeastern University in Boston, who has written a history of presidential debates. “They both tend to be more intellectual than emotional, and they are both articulate and comfortable on camera. But they would both prefer to be in a more controlled setting.”