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Falls Church GOP Chair Says Mitt Romney Should Win Virginia

Ken Feltman said Gov. Romney has to avoid clumsy comments to win final debate.

With the last of the three debates between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney scheduled for Monday night, the chair of the Falls Church City Republican Committee said the GOP candidate has to look presidential.

Ken Feltman said in order for Romney to win over some of the undecided voters, he has to avoid clumsy comments — especially about women. It’s the president who should feel the pressure to throw a knock out punch in the final debate, Feltman said.

“In the first debate, Romney took advantage of the president's off night to show that he could handle the burden of the presidency,” Feltman said. “He erased the negative image many voters had, based on anti-Romney advertising from the Obama campaign and groups supporting Obama. He held his own in the second debate except when he fumbled the exchange on the attack in Libya.”

The two candidates vying for the White House will face off for the last time in a foreign policy-focused debate before voters go to the polls on Nov. 6. The debate will be held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. and will start at 9 p.m. The debate will air on television and online for all to see.

Feltman said Romney should win Virginia, but it has not been easy for him to get to the thresh-hold of victory. Early anti-Romney ads push Romney back from the starting line and he has had to claw his way back. Feltman believes Romney has overcome his early stumbles.

According to Policymic.com, the Rasmussen and Gallup polls show Romney tied or ahead of the president heading into the final debate tonight.

“His well-meaning but poorly-worded statement about women boomeranged,” Feltman said about the GOP candidate. “He should have responded with the thoughtful statement his campaign had prepared. Instead, he winged it. Both Romney and Obama get in trouble when they get off message.”

Chuck Stein October 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I would agree with this analysis. Obama's problem is that he has not been able to get to the 50% level nationally and, now, in critical battleground states like Virginia and Ohio. This is near certain death for an incumbent as late-breaking voters tilt heavily in favor of the challenger, especially one as clearly qualified for the job as Romney (even if you disagree with his policies, you can't say the guy isn't qualified by past experience). Unfortunately for Obama, when he should have been using the last months, including a convention and two debate appearances, to set out some specifics for a domestic agenda, he has talked only about Big Bird, binders full of women, and "Romnesia." Tonight's debate will not move the needle back toward Obama -- this is not a foreign policy election and people pretty much know where the candidates stand on these issues.

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