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October 1st, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Clips From Friday: Stephanie Cutter on the presidential debate; Dan Senor on Iran

On Friday evening, Piers Morgan spoke with Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Campaign Manager for Barack Obama, about the upcoming presidential debate. The first of three debates will commence on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and will focus on domestic policy. "We're taking this debate very seriously," said Cutter. "We know that there's a certain expectation on our side."

Cutter noted that although the president is currently leading in the polls going into the debate, the Obama campaign is not expecting a sure-fire win. "We also know what history tells us, that challengers normally win the first debate, just by the fact that they're standing on the stage with the president," said Cutter.

"They [debate challengers] normally come into these things as underdogs so we're coming into this debate very realistic that Mitt Romney is likely to win, if he plays his cards right."

Dan Senor, Senior Campaign Advisor to Mitt Romney, was also on the program Friday to discuss with Morgan Romney's stance on Iran's nuclear program. "What he has been clear about is the U.S. should be increasing pressure on the Iranians every way it can."

"It's not to say that we're advocating for military action or that even we would use military action but we want the Iranian leadership to believe that we are serious about military action and on all these fronts, on sanctions, on supporting the opposition within Iran and conveying to the Iranians that the alternative is military action."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Senor explains why the United States is "not viewed as credible in the eyes of the Iranian leadership."
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  1. princess1960

    hi Morgan ,,debate btw President and candidate for president is very importante because is face to face
    iI think people know for both waht they wanted to do after election ..and are tierd to listening the same things.
    WILL be nice for both to be simple honest and cool ..evry one needed to show him seklf very good information about the situation and all this IN (fact) ..can explanted simple ..who..people out from studio ..in street in home in restuarant education uneducation to understand what they mining.
    i hop winn who is better for the USA people .
    thank you

    October 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rai Saujani

    Polls are prety even-they say, debate will be judged by performance- not substance. here are my 0.02 cents.
    Romney must trim his nose hairs- they show up on some closeups- and
    Obama to keep his left-hand index finger straight- not bent as he usallay does- when making a point. Cutter to take note.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Cutter is so full of it. Her statements are moronic!

    October 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Stephanie looked flustered last night!

    October 4, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. S. Mann

    This is awfull I had hoped for a change but ,,,,,, only excusses were given in stead of results...
    I saw the stephanie interview , that works for our President? She would have been fired ,I could have done a better interview.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply

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