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TULSA’S ELECTION HQ: Nation's winningest debate coach explores Monday's presidential debate
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TULSA’S ELECTION HQ: Nation's winningest debate coach explores Monday's presidential debate

TULSA’S ELECTION HQ: Nation's winningest debate coach explores Monday's presidential debate
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TULSA’S ELECTION HQ: Nation's winningest debate coach explores Monday's presidential debate

University of Oklahoma Coach Jackie Massey's debate teams have won four national championships in six years, making his program the most successful in collegiate history.

He seemed like a natural place to turn for expert analysis on Monday night's final presidential debate.

President Obama and Gov. Romney "both have different styles," he told KRMG, "so it's kind of a preference by the listener on which style appeals to you the most."

He says the two are trying to hammer home the strengths in their personas.

"Seems like they're posing themselves as the foreign policy, presidential guy versus the business expert guy."

He expanded on that theme.

"Obama has kind of this Socratic, patient 'I'm the experienced one' (attitude) while Romney has the more 'I'm really excited to take this job, here's all my examples, and you know taking on the incumbent.'

"He seemed to be like facing the reality that not a lot of people know about him, so he had to have a much faster, rapid pace to try and get out more information about himself."

As for Monday night's debate, which centers on foreign policy, Massey says, "It'll be interesting to see what Romney's strategy's going to be as far as trying to recognize that 'yeah, you're right. I don't have experience that he might have, so now I have to think of a debate strategy that kind of shows why I do have other experiences that could translate into an effective foreign policy experience.'"

KRMG asked what advice he'd offer to both men if he could speak with them moments before they went on stage.

"Focus on the difference and talk about why that difference is important, because that's what the American people really want to hear."

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