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Obama Looks to Revive Campaign in Second Debate With Romney


Billy Koske, left, and Jose Reyes look at signs hanging in the media filing center before Tuesday's presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, October 15, 2012.
Aides to U.S. President Barack Obama say he will deliver a much stronger performance when he meets Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday night in their second debate.

Obama was heavily criticized after his first debate on October 3 for appearing listless and ill-prepared against Romney, who who was far more engaged and aggressive. The president's poor showing led to a surge of support in voter opinion polls for his Republican rival, leaving both candidates locked in a virtual tie.

Tuesday's debate at New York's Hofstra University will utilize a so-called "town hall" format, where an audience of pre-selected undecided voters will pose questions to Obama and Romney.

The president spent several days last week preparing for the event at a resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, and aides say he will be more aggressive in challenging Romney's positions.

Romney's campaign announced Monday that it had raised $170 million in September. The Obama campaign announced last week that it had raised $181 million last month.
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