3rd Presidential Debate: Dos and Don’ts

This is the seal-the-deal debate: the time for President Obama and Governor Romney to make their closing arguments, boost their bases, and persuade undecided voters to decide.

To do that, here’s what I think they both should do.

What exactly is the president’s foreign policy? It’s hard to tell. Tonight, he must spell it out. We want to know.

And while he’s at it, he should tell us a lot more about the America he sees in a second term. You know, the vision thing.

Mitt Romney is sure to renew his criticism of the President’s statements after our consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11th. This time, he should be methodical, rather than overexcited.

Tonight is the night for voters, and viewers, to imagine Mitt Romney inside the Oval Office. So, the key word for Romney is “presidential.”

The pressure will be on the President and Governor Romney. Neither wants to say—or do—the wrong thing. To stay on the right track, here's what they want to avoid.

Yes, the president is cool— but tonight, he doesn't want to be too cool. Warm up! Prove you still have passion for the job, and want it!

Don’t forget the split screen. Here’s an easy rule: you're on when you're on, and you're on when you're off.

Mitt Romney: you're debating the President of the United States. Don’t worry about whose turn it is, or how long the answers are taking: don't mess with the moderator.

In the last debate, you thought you had the president—but then, you got had. Luckily for you, you get a second chance tonight. But don't make another big mistake, because there won't be any more chances.

It’s not a stretch to say that the winner of tonight's debate could well be the winner of the election two weeks from tomorrow.

You know how close the race is; you know how important the debates have been. Under no conditions do you want to miss this one.