A New York Times best-selling author says in tonight's
first presidential debate, Mitt Romney has the advantage of being
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.
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
And Klein, who is author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the
White House, believes Obama's arrogance could also be a
"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
Klein believes strong debate performances, especially in this
first square-off, could help the underdog Romney win the
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.