Chris Cillizza has a run down of what to watch for in tonight’s CNN debate. Read the whole thing, but here’s what he said about Gov. Romney:
Romney as attack dog: Romney has emerged as a winner in each of the first three Republican debate thanks to his steady performance and message discipline. He rarely takes his focus off of President Obama and the economy and even more rarely responds to attacks from his Republican rivals.
But, Romney is now in a different place in the race with yet another national poll out today suggesting he is now running behind Perry. While Romney has shown an ability to attack during his last bid for president, he has never seemed particularly comfortable doing it. That has to change tonight since Perry made clear in his first debate appearance last week that he is ready, willing and able to take on all comers. (He attacked Texas Rep. Ron Paul!)
The bar for Romney to win this debate isn’t simply set at survival; he needs to find ways to slow Perry too. And that means going on offense.
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