Sr. Obama Campaign Adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that President Obama will be "more energetic" during the next debate.
On the first debate Gibbs said "I think Mitt Romney's performance was, indeed, magical and theatrical. Magical and theatrical largely because for 90 minutes he walked away from a campaign he had been running for more than six years previous to that."
Polls show a tightening race in the final weeks before the election. How will the Obama campaign recalibrate its strategy after the president’s lackluster performance in Denver? We’ll talk to senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs. And will Mitt Romney's surge continue through his second debate with President Obama? Senior campaign adviser Ed Gillespie joins us.
Then, the Road to the White House runs through Florida. We’ll look at the pressing issues facing voters in this crucial battleground state with Former Florida congressman Robert Wexler and the Former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party Al Cardenas.
Plus, insights from the campaign trail and making sense of those tax reform promises with CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta, USA Today’s Susan Page, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and Bill Burton of Priorities USA.
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.
CNN's Candy Crowley explains what she is watching for in the debates before she moderates on October 16h.
CNN's Candy Crowley talks about the most memorable past debate moments. Candy moderates the October 16th debate.
ON STATE OF THE UNION
A preview of vice presidential debate with two people who know the candidates well – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Priebus tried to manage expectations: " I think that Paul is going to do a great job, but I also think it's very important for people to understand... that Joe Biden is a gifted orator. He is very good at rhetoric, and I think he is very relatable."
Nutter agreed on Biden's relatability: "I think the big thing with Vice President Biden is that he speaks from his heart; he's an earthy guy. ... Vice President Biden is the real deal. He'll give it to you straight. He communicates in a way that I think connects with people at a real level."
On the September jobs report, Priebus remarked that the Obama administration is "still getting clobbered" and Nutter said despite high unemployment "African-Americans are going to strongly support President Barack Obama".
And Priebus said the threat of a third party candidate like Gary Johnson "doesn't worry me because I think people understand that they're not going to throw their vote away when we have an election here that's about the future of America. ... It's almost a nonfactor."
Former Ohio Governor and national co-chairman of the Obama campaign Ted Strickland and Ohio Attorney General and Romney supporter, Mike DeWine spoke about the battle for their state in the presidential election.
Strickland: "If I was as rich as Mitt Romney, I would bet Mike DeWine $10,000 that the president is going to win Ohio."
DeWine: "Romney's going to carry Ohio. It's going to be a very, very close race. But this race fundamentally changed Wednesday night in Ohio."
Plus, breaking down the numbers and politics of the September jobs report with our roundtable.
CNN's political junkies discuss what they'll be keeping an eye on in the week ahead. Although some got a bit off topic.
Breaking down Friday's economic report and its potential impact on the election with Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi, Former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The New York Times' White House Correspondent Jackie Calmes and CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin.