This week is poised to be a critical one in the presidential race as President Obama hopes to rebound from a debate performance that many dubbed as sub-par during his first meeting with Mitt Romney.
Governor Romney's performance at the first debate was dismissed by President Obama this week as "salesmanship," and on Meet the Press this morning, Atlanta's Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed struck a similar tone in giving advice to the president for Tuesday's debate.
"The President of the United States has got to stand up and every time sharply address [Mitt Romney] and not let him get away with it. He's a great salesman. I would buy a car from him."
Foreign policy has also taken center stage this week as conflicting reports from the administration about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya have spilled over in to the campaign. Governor Bob McDonnell, R-Va., said the attacks should not be politicized and argued that they raised a broader point about where or not "this administration's foreign policy in the Mideast helped somehow to contribute to an appearance of weakness of the United States."
As David mentions in the video above, these issues all serve as a backdrop for Tuesday's debate, a night both campaigns are focusing on heavily and hope to come away with a win.
We also had an exclusive conversation with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, both in and out of character. You can watch the interview here. Colbert provides an interesting and unique look at how he thinks his character can shine a light on some of the absurdity in politics.
We'll back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.