1. Foreign Policy -This debate is about foreign policy. Normally Americans are only interested in foreign policy if we are at war or Americans are getting killed. This probably would have been the debate with miniscule ratings but for the excitement of the first two debates and the Benghazi attack. As it is I think viewership will be about as high as for the first two debates.
2. Things Fall Apart-The Obama foreign policy is beginning to resemble Yeats’ Second Coming:
You have used the phrase unraveling in describing Obama’s Middle East Policy. Hit that hard.
3. Libya-New revelations have come out that our ambassador was constantly calling for more security in Libya. Why didn’t he get it? Why were we relying on Libyan mercenaries for security instead of US Marines? The questions almost ask themselves.
4. Bob Schieffer-If he tries to pull a Candy Crowley and assist Obama, do not take any guff, but point it out. My guess he will not due to the negative flack that Crowley has gotten, but be prepared.
5. October Surprise-It looks like one of the October surprises will be direct negotiations between the US and Iran. Be prepared for Obama to make some sort of reference to it in the debate. Respond that you are always in favor of talking, but serious progress must be made and not a mere endless bout of hot air while Iran gets ever closer to nuclear weapons.
6. Bin Laden Dead, Al Qaeda Alive- Congratulate the President for getting Bin Laden, but state that the Benghazi attack demonstrates that Al Qaeda is very much alive. Hit Obama hard on the fact that his tactics against Al Qaeda simply are not working in removing this threat to America.
7. Arab Winter-The Arab Spring thus far is succeeding in bringing to power Arab regimes that are hostile to the US. Emphasize that in a Romney administration regimes hostile to the US will not get one Lincoln penny from us.
8. China Trade-Your comments about ensuring that China plays fairly with us regarding trade is resonating well with the American people. Repeat it as often as you can.
9. Aggressive Obama-Although I doubt if the Obama inner circle is satisfied with the results of the second debate which gave Obama no bounce, my guess is that they were happy with the reaction from their left-wing base which was very positive. Watch for opportunities when Obama is going over the top in being Mr. Loud and Angry. You have held your temper well in both debates and the contrast is working for you among the voters.
10. Gamechanger-Obama is on a trajectory for defeat. This debate is his last best opportunity to alter that trajectory. Don’t give him any openings and attempt to keep him on the defensive.