October 7, 2008
"John McCain needs a major game changer to pick up any momentum in this race and it seems, it's hard to figure out where that comes from," said Cordel Faulk of the UVa Center for Politics.
And Tuesday night McCain is hoping that his second meeting with Obama will be that game changer, the latest gallup poll showing Obama up by nine points. Adding to that pressure, the high expectation of McCain in this town hall style debate.
"So he does have to perform very, very well in this style because it's suppose to be his forte. It's a minefield he walked in to but he's going to have to perform," said Faulk.
And in order to do that the center says McCain needs to make it clear that his presidency will not be a third term for President Bush, and that he will in fact change Washington.
"John McCain needs to distance himself as much as possible from George W. Bush and establish himself as a candidate of change," said Faulk.
As for Barack Obama, Faulk says he needs to continue convincing the public that he can handle the job and is the answer to making the country more stable.
"Look competent, look presidential, and don't embarrass yourself," said Faulk.
But he says McCain does still have a shot, and had he not been chosen as the Republican nominee, this race might already be over.
"Any other Republican who had been nominated probably wouldn't even be this close," said Faulk.