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All eyes are on tonight's presidential debate

Jill Treacy

Obama and Romney face off for the second presidential debate tonight

Look out for a fact checking extravaganza and if this debate will reset the race for presidency


The presidential debate tonight will see President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney face off for the second time, this time in Hempstead, N.Y. Reflecting on the first debate and focusing on the new setting and new moderator, many are anxiously awaiting what could be a possible game-changer in one of the closest presidential campaigns on the history of the U.S.

A big question for the upcoming presidential debate is whether President Obama will take a more aggressive approach, in contrast to what many called a rather lackluster performance in the first debate. Many Democrats are urging for a more offensive approach, but experts say the second debate is expected to encompass more civility. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, needs to maintain the energy he brought to the first presidential debate to keep him in close running.

The two will be talking foreign and domestic policies in a town hall setting with only 80 attendees, in which undecided citizens will be directly asking the candidates questions, according to the 2012 Election Central website.

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley is set to moderate tonight’s presidential debate. Crowley is the first woman in a decade to moderate a presidential debate and the task will not be an easy one. There is pressure for Crowley to attain the perfect moderator balance in this third campaign debate following pushover Jim Lehrer and overly vocal Martha Raddatz.

The debate, taking on a “town-hall style,” with questions from the audience, will call for Crowley to not only moderate between the candidates but between the candidates and citizens as well.

News stations and news sites are set to cover the presidential debate with rapid fact checking, insider info and post-debate commentary. The debate will air tonight 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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