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Local party headquarters prepare for presidential debate

GREENSBORO,N.C.– Guilford County Democratic and Republican party headquarters geared up for the second presidential debate by recruiting voters on Tuesday.

With only a few weeks away from the election, local party volunteers are doing more work with the community to sway the undecided and inform decided voters of the facts.

Executive Director of the Guilford County Republican Party Mike Picarelli says as the election gets closer it’s important to get the public fired up.

“We want to make sure that we’ve reached the undecided voters and our good core voters to get them out and vote,” Picarelli said.

Picarelli says the party’s headquarters continues to make door to door trips to rally voters, making phone calls and selling campaign paraphernalia like signs and t-shirts.

Casey Mann Regional Field Director with the Guilford County Democratic party says their headquarters is focused on the decided voters and allow the candidate to sway the undecided.

“We just basically walk them through the process and make sure they get to the polls. That way, the different candidates, whatever democratic candidate that may be,  can focus on that persuasion universe that they still have to convince,” Mann said.

UNCG Adjunct Professor Thomas Little says the town hall setting of the second presidential debate allows voters to see how the candidates respond to the citizen’s questions.

Little says while most conclude Obama has the greater advantage at the town-hall-style, he may have difficulty showing his assertiveness towards Romney in the presence of the American people.

“Most people have already made up their mind on Obama… I think. The question now is what do they think about Romney? They have a character of Romney that Obama has painted for the last six months and people saw a different Mitt Romney two weeks ago,” Little said.

The next Presidential debate is scheduled for October 22nd on the topic of foreign policy. 

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