DETROIT (WWJ) – President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney hold their second debate Tuesday night — and you can hear it live on WWJ Newsradio 950.
– LISTEN LIVE HERE (9 p.m) –
Pollster Bernie Porn from Lansing-based EPIC-MRA says Gov. Romney gained a lot after his success in the first debate.
“He made tremendous ground in the battleground states — especially in Florida and I think Colorado, and I think the probably has put North Carolina away,” said Porn.
The latest EPIC-MRA poll in Michigan shows President Obama holds 48 percent of the vote and Romney takes 45 percent, leaving another 7 percent of Michigan voters undecided.
The first debate drew an estimated 67 million viewers — with the general consensus being Mitt Romney was the winner. About 80 uncommitted voters will be in the audience Tuesday night for the Town Hall-style format, and they’ll be able to ask the candidates questions about domestic and foreign policy issues.
“Tonight, because of what transpired in the first debate, there may be equal viewership or maybe even more,” said Porn. “There’s a tremendous interest in seeing to what extent President Obama can change the way he performed in the first debate, and how the two candidate will interact given the different format.”
Grand Valley State Political Science Professor Erika King agrees that this debate is more important given the president’s lackluster performance.
“I think this becomes a moment where people who haven’t been paying much attention to the campaigns who and then those few who haven’t yet decided how they’re going to vote, can use this as a moment to help make up their minds,” said King.
King concedes that many in Michigan will be watching the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees in Game three of the ALCS and then catch up on the debate.
You can hear the debate beginning at 9 p.m. on WWJ and the Tigers game on our sister station, 97.1 the Ticket, beginning at 7:40 p.m.