Debate Prep

Ten things each candidate must do in Mississippi tonight to win.

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The first presidential debate scheduled for the University of Mississippi tonight is being held hostage be John McCain's deep concern for the economy, but plans remain in place for the showdown, which would give Americans the first opportunity for a side-by-side comparison of the two White House hopefuls. A clear win by either side will change the dynamics of the last five weeks of the campaign. Here are ten things each man can do to win.

Tips for Obama

1.  Frame the debate around a new version of the old question: "Is the country better off now than it was eight years ago?"

2.  Be the smartest guy in the room, but don't act like the smartest guy in the room.

3.  Wear a lei to remind viewers that you're an American.

4.  Never back away from the fact that Iraq was a bad idea for the United States.

5.  Promise government jobs to the five Wall Street refugees who don't already work for Uncle Sam.

6.  Avoid all references to lipsticks, pigs, pitbulls and Palins.

7.  Reinforce the Messianic theme by reminding McCain that Jesus was a community organizer.

8.  Be clear about the future of Jerusalem—even though no one else is.