Both campaigns are telling voters not to expect much in the Presidential debates. If you listen to all the hype, you would think that each party believes the opposing candidate is more competent. If neither party thinks its candidate is capable, why should the American people believe he is?
Early in the month, the Barack Obama campaign told voters to expect Mitt Romney to win the debates.
Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said: “While Mitt Romney has done 20 debates in the last year, he has not done one in four years, so there certainly is a challenge in that regard.”
Now, the Romney campaign has followed suit, telling voters not to expect much out of Romney. The GOP provided a memo to CNN on Thursday, saying that Obama is “widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history.” The memo goes to state that Obama will attack Romney with his “ample rhetorical gifts and debating experience.”
Republicans seem to think that lowering expectations is a good tactic, so they have decided to imitate the Democrats.
The message from Democrats: Romney is an experienced debater. Expect him to win the debate but lose the election.
The message from Republicans: Obama is an experienced debater. Expect him to win the debate but lose the election.
If Ron Paul had a spot on the stage, I doubt his backers would be praising the opposition.