Campaigns offered last minute spin ahead of tonight's debate:
"At the end of the day, I think that the winner is going to be declared by the American people based on what these two candidates say and who lays out a vision for the future. Some specifics and policy details," President Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on CNN earlier Wednesday.
Brett O'Donnell, a former debate adviser to Romney, said Mitt Romney "has to make the debate about the president's economic policies and he's gotta connect those to the economic conditions we're in now."
"This will be the opportunity for Mitt Romney to talk directly to the American people without that filter and tell them about his plan for the next four years," said Barbara Comstock, a senior adviser to Romney's campaign (referring to the media as a the filter).
Per CNN’s Kevin Liptak: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com