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Rick Tyler, Todd Akin Spokesman, Offers Debate Advice To Romney

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Gov. Mitt Romney has spent countless hours prepping for tonight's presidential debate -- reading briefing books, performing in mock debates, listening to trusted aides' advice, and reportedly memorizing zingers. But it's doubtful that the Republican presidential nominee has reached out to Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) spokesman Rick Tyler.

Tyler is perhaps most memorable for his rant against the press early in the Republican primary when he worked for GOP candidate Cheap Beats Newt Gingrich. Tyler wrote after Gingrich's drubbing on "Meet The Press": "The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding ... Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness." That opening salvo may have been more memorable than any line in Romney's convention speech.

Maybe Romney could use some of Tyler's fiery rhetoric. Maybe not. Either way Tyler is ready with the verbal ammo, and he was willing to share it in an interview with The Huffington Post. "[Romney] needs to be able to demonstrate how Obama's economic policies are like designing a lead airplane," Tyler offered. "They keep adding lead and it's not going to fly."

Tyler said he s Romney should bring up Obama's foreign policy -- one of the president's perceived strengths. Obama may have drawn down two wars, Tyler said, but he's "ignited six others."

"We've got one now in Libya that started with the death of the ambassador," Tyler said. "We got the Egyptian protest where they bridged our embassy. There's an uprising in Sudan. There's missiles being fired from Turkey into Syria."

That's only four.

"We can say the same thing about Yemen," Tyler continued. "I'm using the number six as hyperbole. But I suppose you can add Iran in there."

The one thing Tyler said Romney shouldn't mention is the now-infamous 47 percent video. "If I were him, I wouldn't bring it up," he admitted. "In debates, you try to play from a position of strength."

Mitt Romney's campaign is taking advantage of Vice President Joe Biden's comment on Tuesday that the middle class has "been buried the last four years" by offering supporters a T-shirt emblazoned with the statement.

The white shirt,Beats By Dre Cheap called "Honest Joe," features a portrait of Biden grinning above the text, "The Middle Class 'Has Been Buried The Last Four Years.'"

"You're right about that, Joe," reads the description on Romney's campaign website. "We couldn't have said it better ourselves."

The shirt is available to supporters who donate $30 or more to the Romney campaign.

At a campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Biden asked a crowd of supporters how Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), "can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years? How in the Lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?"

The Romney campaign jumped on Biden's comments, tweeting that Romney agrees and that's "why we need a change in November."

Ryan, for his part, repeated the message at a campaign event in Burlington, Iowa, telling supporters that "we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States."

Although the Obama campaign said that Biden was saying that "the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies," the vice president adjusted his statement in a later campaign event.

Read more about Biden's comment -- and what he said at the next campaign event -- from The Huffington Post's Luke Johnson and Jennifer Bendery.

As the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney draws close, the stakes are higher than ever. Will Wednesday's meeting in Denver provide an opportunity for Obama to land a knock out blow on a struggling Romney? Is it a chance for Romney to rebound and catapult Cheap Dr Dre Beats his slumping campaign back into the lead? Whatever happens, we know both candidates will be doing their best to avoid anything resembling any of the excruciating moments below.

Scroll through our list of painfully awkward debate mishaps and vote on which one makes you squirm the most.

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