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John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Neither Romney nor Obama Ready to ‘Close the Deal’

On today’s Morning Joe, in anticipation of tonight’s debate at Hofstra University, John Heilemann advised those ready for another clear Romney victory to temper their expectations. While Heilemann doesn’t expect any fatal gaffes like mentioning the familial car elevator, the probability of an out-of-touch response to a sincere question from a voter (per the second debate’s town hall format) is high. Heilemann adds that although Romney’s gains after the first debate have been substantial, he’s still slightly behind in every metric. Most important, “no one is on the brink of closing this deal right now.”

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