Reuters columnist David Rohde and Wayne Barrett, special investigative reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, join “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to preview the challenge facing President Obama and Mitt Romney heading into the final presidential debate and to reflect on how perceptions of the first debate have shifted the dynamics of the race for the White House.
“I was astonished at the reporting after the first debate,” Barrett says. “I’m not saying the president performed ably, but how does a guy who completely changes his position on every conceivable issue be praised for it this late in the game? I think the timing is — we’re used to presidential candidates moving toward the center, but never this late.”
“To be fair, the president hasn’t laid out a clear vision of what he wants to do in a second term domestically or in terms of foreign policy, and I think that helps Romney,” Rohde says.