WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are both stepping off the campaign trail Monday to prepare for their second debate.
Tuesday's face-off is a town hall style debate, where the candidates will take questions from voters. CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate. The debate is at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
The president is trying to bounce back from a lackluster performance in the first debate. He's at a golf resort in Williamsburg, Virginia for a full day of debate practice with aides. Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod says, "I think he's going to be aggressive in making the case for his view of where we should go as a country."
Romney will try to keep his momentum going. He'll spend much of the day practicing near his Boston-area home. At a weekend rally, Romney said he senses a growing enthusiasm. "There is more energy and passion," he told the crowd. "People are getting behind the campaign."
Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been Romney's debate prep partner. He says Romney's ready for battle. "President Obama is going to come out swinging. I think he's going to have to compensate for a poor first debate."
An ABC News/Washington Post poll out Monday morning shows the president with a slight lead over Romney, 49% to 46%. And the number of registered voters who now say the country is headed "seriously off on the wrong track" has eased to its lowest level in nearly three years, at 56%. It's a level incumbents say they can survive. But 59% of Romney's supporters now say they're "strongly enthusiastic" about him, compared to 55% of President Obama's supporters.
You can watch the debate live on WKOW-TV starting at 8:00 p.m. We will also stream the debate live at www.wkow.com/live.
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