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Romney: Zingers

The New York Times: “Mitt Romney’s team has been working to make sure he avoids coming off as a scold. His sparring partner, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, channeling Mr. Obama, has gone after him repeatedly, to the point of being nasty. The goal is to get Mr. Romney agitated and then teach him how to keep his composure, look presidential… One of Mr. Romney’s aides calculated his words-per-minute rate in the primary campaign debates to break him of the habit of feeling that he needs to rattle off the most statistics. Mr. Romney’s team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August. His strategy includes luring the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy.”

“So much for minimizing expectations. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the keynote speaker at last month’s Republican National Convention, boldly predicted on Sunday that this week’s presidential debate will mark a turning point for GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who trails President Obama in key states, according to recent polls,” the Boston Globe writes. “ ‘Come Thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change,’ Christie said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’”

NBC’s Alex Moe: “With just 37 days to go until the Election Day, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan admitted in an interview Sunday morning the Mitt Romney campaign has made ‘missteps.’

He said on Fox Sunday: “We've had some missteps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a very clear choice.”

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has ‘misunderstood’ American values in his policies toward other countries. The Republican nominee is planning a major foreign policy speech in the coming weeks,” AP writes of Romney’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.