The second presidential debate 2012 showdown with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is Tuesday night. Live Blog coverage will follow the 2012 elections town hall political sparring match between the Democratic and Republican candidates.
Tonight's Presidential Debate
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports "Daily Presidential Tracking Poll," Mitt Romney has a slight edge over Barack Obama among "likely" voters (49% to 47%). Apparently, the missteps the sitting president made in the first 2012 presidential debate caused a rare turnaround.
In the first showdown, "a very close race shifted ever so slightly from narrowly favoring President Obama to narrowly favoring Mitt Romney. Either way, it remains too close to call," said Scott Rasmussen.
Presidential Debate Round 2: What's at Stake?
With just over three weeks until voters hit the polls in the 2012 elections, Obama and Romney have a lot to gain and lose.
President Obama, who had a commanding lead ahead of the first presidential debate, suffered from a lackluster performance in the first showdown. By his own admission, the celebrated public speaker admitted to a horrible performance.
Mitt Romney, however, has to prove to the American people that he is not a one-hit-wonder by building on the momentum gained in the first meeting.
While the former Massachusetts governor won on style points in the first debate, he still trails in the Electoral College based. However, the undecided voters in swing states could tip the scales in his favor on November 6.
Romney scores high on the economy, despite Obama making good on creating jobs, ending wars overseas, drawing down troops, taking out Osama Bin Laden, lowering taxes for the middle class and lowering the unemployment rate below 8% for the first time since he took office.
And while Mitt Romney makes a strong pitch on the economy, he lags in trust, especially among women.
Follow the presidential debate 2012 in this Live Blog and on Twitter (#presidentialdebate). Coverage begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT.