The Romney campaign sees this debate – to be moderated by Bob Schieffer on Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla. — as the last chance to move the needle in any significant way in the swing states that will decide the election. Aides head into it more confident about winning the race than they did before the first presidential debate, but believing Obama is slightly better positioned in the states that will dictate the outcome. The hope inside the campaign is that Romney will emerge in no worse position, advisers said.
“The debates have not so much fundamentally changed the race as they have returned it to where it was before the Democratic convention,” said Vin Weber, the Romney campaign’s special adviser on policy. “The candidates are close, and the economy is the Number One issue. Foreign policy is really important, but it is not driving this election.”
A top Republican official put it more bluntly: “I don’t think there are a lot of soft voters who are waiting to hear a position on the Eurozone.”
This could be a problem for Romney because another strong debate performance could be the difference-maker for him.