Romney won the first debate, although it turned out to be a joke becuase of the moderators and the question. However, the second debate on the 15th (next tuesday) should be better. Brit Hume is moderating, and he does not strike me as the kind of person to ask for a world cultures lesson or which canidates believe in evolution. Like last time, I have my pre-debate rundown for you to enjoy.
What the candidates need to do:
Mitt Romney: As the clear winner of the Reagan Library debate, the best thing for Romney to do it give another strong performance. The win last week put his name in the headlines, and rocketed him up in many state polls, not he needs to keep up the name recognition campaign and set his sites on the national polls.
John McCain: John McCain’s performance in the first debate was, well, less than perfect. He seems tired, and, at one point, a bit crazy. He needs to make it clear that his age is not an issue, but stick with the respected statesman personality. He needs to answer any questions about his stand on immigration, and aviod, as always, his personal life.
Rudy Giuliani: In a complete reversal from the last debate, this is do or die for Rudy. He is going to be an openly pro-abortionist running for the nomination of a party that is 66% opposed to abortion. Rudy has to give a reason for Conservatives to support him, and I don’t think he can. I don’t see anything in Rudy’s back pocket that he can use to say “_____ is the most important issue, and I’m the only candidate who can offer _____.” I think his campaign is likely finished, but lets see if he cannot prevent, or at least postpone the collapse.
Sam Brownback / Duncan Hunter: These two did moderately well in the first debate, and are really the only candidates who have a shot to get up into the first tier. With all signs pointing to the end of Giuliani, there may be a vacume for one of them to step in and take up that third spot. By July, we may have a new top tier: McCain, Romney, Brownback or McCain, Romney, Hunter.