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Cuomo optimistic Obama will be better in tonight's debate

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By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Obama has a simple task in his debate tonight against Republican Mitt Romney: "Win."

Cuomo, who will attend the debate at Long Island’s Hofstra University to "cheer the president on," noted that the format – a town hall session – will be different than the one two weeks ago that Obama, according to polls, lost to Romney.

The Democratic governor, who is not one of the Obama surrogates the president has on the road around the country promoting his campaign, said he expects a solid showing from Obama tonight.

"To the extent that people felt he was not engaged or he wasn’t as expressive in the first debate, I’m sure he’s going to correct that in this debate," Cuomo told reporters today in comments that aren't necessarily in line with some of the Democratic spin about the first debate.

In his gubernatorial campaign two years ago, Cuomo would only agree to one debate that had to include several minor party candidates along with himself and Republican Carl Paladino.

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