By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
After months of campaigning, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will square off tonight for one last time before the Nov. 6 presidential election.
The debate could be the deciding factor for undecided U.S. voters, as many political pundits agreed President Obama performed poorly at the Oct. 3 debate but came back to barely edge out Romney at the Oct. 16 debate.
The significance of televised presidential debates can be pinpointed to the first one, which took place Sept. 26, 1960, between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy, who was a Massachusetts senator, had numerous disadvantages going into the election: He was Catholic, young, fairly unknown and competing with the man who had been vice president for almost eight years.
However, Kennedy’s luck changed once cameras began rolling, and the night became a staple of history textbooks for years to come.