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Tonight Barack Obama and John McCain will participate in the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
The debate comes on the heels of several big national polls that show Obama leading McCain by a solid margin. The New York Times/CBS News poll has Obama up by 14 points, while a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has the Democrat up by 9.
The poll also shows that the McCain campaign’s angry tone and sharply personal attacks on Obama appear to be hurting McCain more than Obama.
Among Independents and again combined with all registered voters in the survey, over 60 percent say that McCain has spent more time attacking Obama than in explaining what he would do as president.
Daryl Paulson is a professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida. WMNF asked him what McCain must do tonight to stop his bleeding.
It should be noted that Al Gore made up 7 percentage points in the last 10 days of the 2000 election, and Ronald Reagan was down by 8 points in late October to Jimmy Carter, before beating him by 9 points on Election Day.