Haley Barbour: Debates alone won’t decide election

Mitt Romney needs to deliver a strong debate performance on Wednesday but will be hard-pressed to completely alter the trajectory of the campaign in one appearance, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) said Monday afternoon.

The top Romney surrogate’s comments came in a conference call where GOP pollsters voiced concerns about Romney’s appeals to undecided voters.

“We still have five weeks… I would be surprised if 100 percent of that is achieved in just the debates,” Barbour said when asked if the GOP nominee could fix middle-class voters’ perception that he does not understand their struggles as well as flesh out more policy details during the three presidential debates.

The Hill
10/1/12