The presidential debate audience adds a new dimension to the showdown between Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday night.
Both candidates will respond to questions from about 80 uncommitted voters at the event taking place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. CNN's Candy Crowley will serve as moderator.
The Commission on Presidential Debates explains:
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Obama delivered an underwhelming performance in the first presidential debate of the election season just two weeks ago.
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs recently said during an appearance on CNN, "Obviously, the president was disappointed in his own performance. He didn't meet his expectations." He added, "He knew when he walked off that stage and he also knew as he's watched the tape of that debate that he's got to be more energetic. I think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces -- and putting that choice in front of voters."
As Obama aims to regain momentum on Tuesday night, Romney will work to sway the state of the race in his favor.