MN & WI Political Figures Speak out Hours Before Tuesday's Debate

By KBJR News 1

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Both sides are hoping that sticking to the facts and statistics will do much of the talking, as both sides seem to have ample ammunition against one another.

But, as it was in the first Presidential debate, table manners and attitude could be a major factor in the debate's outcome.

When it comes to advice for Romney or Obama, both parties claim that assertively defending their core party values will be key.

"Governor Romney is an engaging individual. He cares about every American, and wants to make sure that every American has a chance to build a good life for themselves and their family. That'll come through as he's just talking to ordinary Americans during this town hall format," said Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

"[Obama's] just got to let people know firmly, and in no uncertain terms, he's there to protect social security, MediCare, to stop tax breaks for the rich, stop the moving of manufacturing offshore, and rebuild this economy from the middle up. If he does that, he'll come away the winner," said Rick Nolan, DFL candidate for the 8th Congressional District.

Tonight's Presidential debate will air at 8 PM, on NBC and CBS, or locally, the KBJR Ch. 6 News, and KDLH Ch. 3 News.