"Most Americans couldn't find Syria or Libya on a map," he said.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a key Romney surrogate who will once again be in the post-debate spin room on behalf of the campaign, said voters like what they've seen from the GOP candidate.
"The debates offer the only opportunity to see a potential president without the filters of the media," Chaffetz said. "You don't want a wimpy lap dog to be your next president."
But the congressman said Romney doesn't need to win Monday's debate outright.
"He just has to continue to build peoples' confidence that he's competent and he would make a good, strong commander in chief," Chaffetz said. "If Mitt just plays his day game, he'll be fine."
MacManus has little doubt the final debate will be another verbal slugfest.
"I don't know if they can help themselves," the Florida professor said. "It's like they know they need to get their messages through, and they think if they shout louder in their opponent's face, they will."
Third and final presidential debate
Time: Monday, Oct. 22, 7-9:30 p.m. MDT.
Place: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
Topic and Moderator: Bob Schieffer of CBS will moderate. The debate will focus on foreign policy.
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