Mitt Romney said Friday that he’s looking forward to taking the stage with Barack Obama Wednesday in the first of three presidential debates, adding that their televised meetings would give voters a chance to hear where he stands – as opposed to hearing where the opposition says he stands on issues.
Mr. Romney is expected to spend most of this weekend preparing for the debate in Denver. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) has been the Republican nominee’s sparring partner in practice sessions.
Mr. Romney said he hoped that the substance of the debates would resonate with voters and not just the memorable zingers.
“I know that in debates there’s always interest in the theatrics, if you will, and the one-liners, the jokes, and who wore what color tie and so forth,” Mr. Romney said. “And I think that despite all of the interest in those types of matters that the American people will listen carefully to the conversation that’s held over three debates and the fourth, with the vice presidential debate, and they’ll decide who can help their family, who will be able to get our economy going in the way it could be going and they’ll make their decision based on what they believe is in the best interest of the country and their own family and I expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand, and if they do, I’ll get elected.”