On today’s Sunday shows: Rep. Paul Ryan tried to lower expectations in advance of this week's presidential debate; Gov. Chris Christie said “the entire narrative of this race will change” after Wednesday’s showdown; and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will retaliate if attacked.
Debate is Make or Break for Romney
After nearly six years of running for president, millions of dollars spent on ads, a massive political convention and hundreds of rallies in swing states such as Ohio, Florida, and New Hampshire, Mitt Romney’s bid to become the next president could come down to a few hours onstage on Wednesday night.
Ryan Tries to Lower Debate Expectations
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tried to temper the expectations for the first presidential debate this week, saying, “This is Mitt's first time on this kind of a stage.”
Christie on Debate: ‘Entire Narrative of This Race Will Change’
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went the other direction, saying, “Come Thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race will change.” Christie bucked Ryan and others, like Sen. John McCain, who say the debate is unlikely to provide a game-changing moment.
Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Retaliate if Attacked
Capping a week of appearances in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said an Israeli strike against Iran would not fundamentally affect his country.
Ryan: Obama Foreign Policy is Weak
Ryan attacked President Obama’s foreign policy record as “weak,” questioning the administration’s handling of the incident in Libya that left four American diplomats dead.
Christie: No Anti-Romney Polling Conspiracy
Christie said he doesn't believe that public opinion polling has been intentionally skewed against Mitt Romney as some partisans have claimed. “I don't buy that,” he said.
Howard Dean on Debates: Obama Should ‘Avoid Being Irritable’
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean said images will be more important than words in the upcoming presidential debates. “The key to a debate,” he said, “is to turn off the sound.”
Barbour: Romney Should Focus on Issues
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Romney could turn the presidential race to his advantage by making it about issues. “This campaign is all about process," he said. "It's about polling, it's about campaign management. It's about everything but the issues."
Blunt: Akin Can Win
Sen. Roy Blunt said that Rep. Todd Akin, who is struggling in Missouri’s Senate race after his comments about rape and pregnancy, could win the race. But Christie said the GOP should not be supporting Akin.
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