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A New York Times best-selling author says in tonight's first presidential debate, Mitt Romney has the advantage of being the underdog.
In a new op-ed in the New York Post, Edward Klein says despite the conventional wisdom that says Romney has little chance of winning the first face-off with Barack Obama at the University of Denver, he believes viewers may be in for a surprise. For one thing, Klein says Romney had the advantage of going through a tough GOP primary debate schedule during the spring.
"They were very tough slugging matches," Klein remarks. "I think he's toughened it up and has become a much better debater as a result. And the president has not been challenged face-to-face like this."
And Klein, who is author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, believes Obama's arrogance could also be a factor.
"He comes across as a guy who thinks of himself as the smartest guy in the room all the time," he observes. "And if he comes across that way in the debates, it's going to be a definite minus for him. And if Romney can get under his skin, I think he could rattle Obama."
Klein believes strong debate performances, especially in this first square-off, could help the underdog Romney win the presidency.
A political science professor in Michigan suggests it should not be difficult for Romney to present himself "as a plausible alternative to the man who's gotten us into the mess that we're in."
But Media Research Center spokesman Tim Graham believes no matter how well Romney performs, the mainstream media will deem tonight's debate a victory for President Obama. But Graham concurs with Klein that the risk Obama takes is coming across as arrogant.
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