Preparations Continue for Tuesday Showdown Presidential Debate

by Mark Curtis, ABC 6 Chief Political Reporter 

mcurtis@abc6.com

With his home-state in play this
campaign season, Paul Ryan stumped in

Wisconsin preaching against rising debt. Rep. Paul Ryan said, “If we tackle
these problems, get ahead of them…then we can solve these problems and have recent graduates
going into an economy that's thriving.”

Over this weekend, the President
handed out pizzas to campaign volunteers.

President Barack Obama said, “Hello
everybody! Hello, hello, I brought some food.”

As he spent most of the weekend in Virginia, preparing for
Tuesday night's high stakes debate where Democrats
say he will be more assertive.

A reporter asked, “How is debate
prep going sir? President Obama said, “The uh … It is going great!”

The president will need a strong
performance at Tuesday night's debate to beat back Mitt Romney's momentum. 

Former Republican Presidential
Candidate Newt Gingrich said, “If Obama has one more debate as bad as his first
debate, I think he will be in enormous trouble.”

Former Democratic Presidential
candidate Chris Dodd said, “My advice is President Obama would be, let him, let
him be the senator and the candidate he was in 2008 and he'll do beautifully.”

According to a new ABC
News/Washington Post poll, the President holds a narrow lead among likely voters,
49-46 percent, but Romney numerically leads  the president in strong supporter enthusiasm. The poll found Obama supporters are experiencing more
anxiety than those in the Romney camp–both firsts this season.

Although another new poll now has
Romney up 50 percent to 48 percent across 10 battleground states.

Rhode Island College Professor Valerie Endress said, “I
think a lot of people are going to be tuning in, just to see if Obama is going
to be able to recover. And certainly both candidates are going to have to be
speaking to the battlegrounds states. And trying to appeal to them directly.
Too much is on the line. This is really critical fro them.”

 Tuesday night's debate will be a Town Hall format, with
actual voters asking questions.