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SOTU Sneak Peek
October 11th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories in the news this week.

Can Biden get Obama back on track? On Thursday night Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will face-off in a debate that has taken on increasing significance in the wake of Romney’s aggressive and vibrant debate performance last week. Although polls show most voters expect Ryan to win the debate, there are potential risks for him. His Medicare reform plan may come under attack by Vice President Biden, who has proven to be an effective attack dog for democrats.

Pressure on Obama to bounce back. Along with Biden, President Obama is expected to be more aggressive against Mitt Romney in the townhall debate on Tuesday (moderated by State of the Union’s Candy Crowley). Commenting on his lackluster debate performance, Obama told the “Tom Joyner Morning Show" radio program that he had been “too polite” against Romney, and political watchers expect him to be anything but for the next debate. Romney, on the other hand, will now have to handle higher performance expectations than before in order to keep his momentum going.

Battleground states tighten. Polls since last Wednesday’s debate have showed a closer race in the crucial swing states of Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio. New polls from CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac show that Romney and Obama are deadlocked in Colorado and closer in Virginia and Wisconsin, and new polls from NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist show statistical ties in Virginia and Florida and a closer race in Ohio, although Obama still leads there. It will much harder for either candidate to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win without these states. However, many political observers believe that Romney has a more difficult electoral map than Obama. In particular, no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio, where Romney seems to still be behind, and without Florida it is extremely difficult for Romney to reach 270.

Much more to come, make sure to check back on Friday for our full Rundown and don’t forget to watch Sunday on CNN at 9am & Noon ET.

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