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Mitt Romney needs a very strong October if he is to win the White House, having had a lackluster summer, NBC's First Read team writes. Conservative pundits have been saying for weeks that Romney needs a game-changer to reverse his lagging poll numbers, and on "Meet the Press" Sunday, high-profile surrogate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promised just that. "The entire narrative of this race is going to change" after Wednesday's first presidential debate, Christie predicted, despite Romney's own efforts to downplay expectations of his performance. According to First Read, those efforts by the Romney camp don't change the fundamental fact of the race now: That Romney must decisively put President Barack Obama on the defensive Wednesday night and rally the Republican base. In the meantime, Romney appears to be trying to steer the dialogue ahead of the debate toward foreign policy, with an op-ed he penned on Libya appearing in the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
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