Neil Cavuto: Pressure is on President Obama at Lynn University Debate

By: Jim Turner | Posted: October 22, 2012 2:00 PM

The pressure is on President Obama in tonight’s third and final debate with Republican Mitt Romney, in the view of Neil Cavuto of Fox Business Network. Cavuto is on the Lynn University Campus in Boca Raton to watch what could be the pivotal moment in the election.

“If you argue this is the rubber match, then (President Obama) has really got to go full broke tonight,” said Cavuto in an interview with Sunshine State News. “He’s the one who is losing momentum in these polls. They’re tight, but he is the one who has to turn things around.”

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Romney saw his fortune shift after the first debate and Obama was able to push against that tide when they appeared together again at Hofstra University last week.

While foreign policy is being promoted as a top theme, Cavuto expects the economy will continue to play a role.

“He, Mitt Romney, will look at our debt and how we’re viewed in the world, and the fact that we owe the world is a damning security indictment of the United States, and I expect the president will say we’re a hell of lot more regarded now than we were four years ago,” said Cavuto, senior vice president, anchor and managing editor of business news for both Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel.

“I think this will quickly move beyond foreign policy, and I think economy policy and our debt and our pending fiscal cliff and what that that says about us and how we could drag the world down, will be woven into the debate.”

Expect special attention to be given to Florida throughout the event.

"They'd be foolish not to," Cavuto said.

Nationally, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Sunday had the two candidates locked at 47 percent each.

A Fox News poll of likely voters in Florida, released Friday, put Romney up over President Obama at 48 percent to 45 percent, an 8-point reversal from mid-September when Obama was up top.

A Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers/WPTV News Channel 5 poll gave Romney a 48 percent to 47 percent edge over the president in Florida.

"I do expect to hear a lot of the domestic issues: 'contrary to what you're hearing about the fiscal cliff to come, I, Mitt Romney will not torpedo Medicare, Social Security,'" Cavuto said.

"I expect to hear Barack Obama say that 'with this fiscal cliff to come, I will not sacrifice entitlements in this state that residents hold dear,'" Cavuto added.

Either way, get your Red Bull ready.

The debate begins at 9 p.m.

Fox Business News will begin live coverage from Lynn University at 8 p.m.

Fox News started offering programs from the campus at 1 p.m. and will continue through the end of the day.

1-3 P.M./ET – America Live with Megyn Kelly.

3-4 P.M./ET – Studio B with Shepard Smith.

4-5 P.M./ET – Your World with Neil Cavuto.

5-6 P.M./ET – The Five.

6-7 P.M./ET – Special Report with Bret Baier.

7-8 P.M./ET – Fox Report with Shepard Smith.

8:55-11 P.M./ET - America’s Election Headquarters: Presidential Debate with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly.

11 P.M.-12 A.M./ET - Hannity.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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