First US Presidential Debate A "Make-Or-Break Moment" For Challenger Romney?

The stakes are high for Mitt Romney in Wednesday's US presidential debate, as the Republican challenger cannot afford a mediocre performance in a race where he lags behind nationally by nearly four points, analysts say.

"This is the biggest moment of his political life," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

Indeed, 50 million viewers are expected to watch the debate, but many may not tune into the second installment if Romney fails to make a strong showing on Wednesday, and the contender needs to keep audiences tuned into the entire series.

A break from the past and a vision for the future

To be successful, Romney must convince voters of what he believes is President Barack Obama's failure to steer the economy in the right direction, O'Connell said, as the economy is undergoing a sluggish recovery from one of the worst recessions in decades.

At the same time, he must show he has a vision for the future, analysts say.

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