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UW professor breaks down presidential debate


MADISON (WKOW) -- A professor at UW-Madison weighs in on Tuesday night's presidential debate and looks ahead to Monday's final show-down between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Political Science professor David Canon says he thinks the president won Tuesday's debate. "He needed to defend his record more effectively, which I think he did. And he needed to make better contrast with Governor Romney, which he did as well. And he really set the tone for the debate and that's why Romney won the debate two weeks ago is he set the tone." Canon says Tuesday, Romney was more on the defensive.

Romney's campaign gained some momentum after the first debate. Canon says President Obama seemed to stop that momentum Tuesday night. He doesn't expect there to be a big swing in the polls either way after this debate.

Canon hopes the next debate focuses on issues other than the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. He wants to see the candidates talk about issues like Israel, Iran and Afghanistan.

The third and final presidential debate is Monday at 8:00 p.m. You can watch it on WKOW-TV.

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