Obama will be ‘firm but respectful’ in debate, spokeswoman says

President Obama is "energized" for Tuesday's debate with Mitt Romney and plans to be "firm but respectful in correcting the record," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.  

“You should expect that he’s going to be firm but respectful in correcting the record and the times we expect Mitt Romney will hide from and distort his own policies," Psaki said. "He’s energized and I expect he will also be making a passionate case."

Psaki declined to comment on whether the campaign was attempting to limit the role of moderator Candy Crowley in the town hall. 

"I’m not going to get into the specifics of the negotiations,” Psaki said. “But, obviously this is a town hall, which means the questions will be coming from the American people in the audience. But if the questions come from other sources, he’s happy to address those questions as well.”

Psaki also refused to get into specifics of debate prep and whether the president is more committed to the task this time around. "He took every moment of the debate prep seriously the first time around. He’s taking it seriously this time around," she said. "I think he feels energized and calm and he’s really looking forward to it tomorrow evening.”

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