New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Romney debate

President Barak Obama and Republican presidential nominee in Denver Wednesday night at the first Presidential Debate. Photo courtesy of the AP.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed confidence Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is not out of the race.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Republican Gov. Christie weighed in on Romney’s currently depressed polling figures and what the American public can expect from the candidate in Wednesday’s first presidential debate.

“Wednesday night is the restart of this campaign,” Christie said.

According to recent polls by Gallup Inc., President Obama’s approval rating and voter support both reached 50 percent, while Mitt Romney has just 44 percent of voter support. Christie said this is only temporary. “On Wednesday night Mitt Romney is going to be standing on the same stage as the president of the United States. And I am telling you, come Thursday morning the entire narrative of this race is going to change.”

Romney’s setbacks have been attributed to the issue of his income tax releases, and on leaked comments in which he said he is unconcerned with the 47 percent of Americans that rely on federal support.

Romney has also been criticized for a lack of detail regarding his plan to improve the nation’s economy.

On the “47 percent” issue Gov. Christie said,“We certainly don’t want to judge people by one inartful comment…Here’s what he believes—he believes that every American should have the opportunity for greatness.”

He said Romney will lay out a detailed economic plan in the debate, while accusing President Obama of being slow in providing specifics on his own economic agenda. Christie said Obama is trying to “run out the clock with platitudes” between now and Election Day.

Christie said, “We are still waiting to hear what he thinks about Simpson-Bowles (fiscal commission) which he commissioned.”

Also appearing on the show was David Plouff, senior White House advisor and Obama campaign strategist. He said Gov. Christie’s prediction of an immediate post-debate turnaround in Romney’s polling numbers has “set the bar quite high.”

He did agree with Christie that Obama’s current lead in the polling surveys will likely narrow, and the race will tighten, but he did not concede that Romney will win the presidency in November.

Pointing to early balloting in a number of states starting next week, Plouff said, “We think we’ve got the numbers to win an election.”

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