The pressure is on John McCain. Tonight’s second Presidential debate is crucial for the Republican candidate as he struggles to regain his momentum.
Expectations are high for the Arizona Senator because the town hall style setting, which plays to his penchant for ““straight talk”, is his specialty.
Barack Obama's campaign admits its candidate is the underdog and staffers expect McCain to launch some of his nastiest attacks yet in order to change the dynamics of the race.
Steve Chaggaris, a Belmont University Dean, said, "You'll see the candidates work in some attacks but the audience will be throwing them some substantive questions so it will be interesting to see if they can work the attacks in."
The debate at tiny Belmont University features questions from the audience rather than a moderator. It will cater to the 10 percent of voters who are still undecided, and 25 percent of Americans who say they could change their minds before election day. Many are focusing on the economy.
Voter Donna Richards said, "Until they get the economy back on track, I think it's trumping everything else because it's what's affecting everybody in the United States and the world right now."
Voter Sylvia Cather said "I want to hear their solutions. For what they're going to do to help the American people, to help the businesses."
Both McCain and Obama promised to fight clean campaigns.
but with election day one month away, both have gotten their hands particularly dirty in the past few days and are expected to keep slinging the mud tonight.