McCain, Obama: How to Win the Debate

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NASHVILLE -- As the Presidential candidates prepare for round two and Tuesday night's debate, everyone's talking about what the candidates need to do to win.

But will tonight's debate be a game changer?

One McCain campaign spokesman says "no."

"I don't think that there's going to be much of an opportunity for it to be a completely game changing performance," said Tucker Bounds, McCain campaign spokesperson.

Be sure check back on CBNNews.com tonight at 9 p.m. ET where we will stream the debate live.

CBN News caught up with John McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds in the media filing center just hours before the two Presidential candidates face off.

He said the tone of the race could change if "Barack Obama were to make some key missteps."

And many pundits are saying McCain is in need of some help.

He's behind in many of the polls and most recently pulled out of Michigan in order to focus his attention on other states.

McCain is "really in need of a game changing performance," Dan Pheiffer said. Pheiffer is an Obama campaign spokesman.

McCain is "out of ideas, out of touch and frankly running out of time."

Pheiffer also said that McCain's behavior has been very "erratic over the last few weeks," adding "you never know which John McCain is going to show up. If it's the John McCain that we saw yesterday, I suspect we'll see a very aggressive John McCain in search of a game-changing performance."

The debate will take on the format of a town hall meeting, but there will be some restrictions.

The two candidates will not be allowed to interact with voters and the men will only be allowed to walk to a certain point on the stage.

And even though McCain enjoys the town hall format, the rules may make tonight's debate a little challenging.

"John McCain likes talking directly to voters," Bounds said. He added that McCain enjoys the "free wheeling" conversations that occur during town hall meetings.

The questions asked of the candidates will come from approximately 150 undecided voters who submitted their entries in person and online.

McCain and Obama will only have 90 seconds to answer the questions with two minutes to discuss. NBC moderator Tom Brokaw will screen the questions.

The third and final Presidential debate will be held next week on Oct. 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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