Can Obama Rebound In Tonight’s Debate? Bruno Mars, Tom Hanks Weigh In!

'If you listen to the ideas as opposed to the style in which they come ... every debate comes out to be a draw,' Hanks tells MTV News.

In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama didn’t do so well in the first debate against Republican opponent Mitt Romney, which is why the stakes are incredibly high heading into Tuesday night’s (October 16) second presidential debate at Long Island’s Hofstra University. To put it mildly, it might just be where the race for the White House is decided once and for all.

So, y’know, no pressure or anything, Mr. President. And while we’re aware that anyone can have a bad night, we’re hoping that, in the spirit of competition, Obama manages to pick himself up off the mat and come through with a strong performance. So we asked some folks who know a thing or two about struggling through a bad performance — namely, some big-name actors and musicians — about how they put the occasional flop behind them, and what advice they’d give to Obama to help him do the same.

“You just always have to know that it’s inevitable, it’s gonna happen. … It comes with the territory,” Bruno Mars told MTV News of getting over a rough performance. “Same thing for a football player: You can’t be 100 percent every single time. You can try your best, but don’t drive yourself crazy. Have fun, do what you love, and take it one day at a time.”

“You’ve kind of got to have those bad moments, because I think it would be too good to be true for everything to go smoothly all the time, and you just build up a thicker skin,” Ellie Goulding added. “You take a lot from it, so I think [bad nights] are kind of essential.”

And while there’s been much hyperbole spewed about the import of this debate, some stars don’t really think the election will be won or lost based on either candidate’s performance. In fact, they say that trying to figure out who “wins” or “loses” a debate is sort of missing the point.

” ‘Good day’ or ‘bad day’ for either of these candidates is a bad way of looking at it. It’s really about ‘What are they going to do? What have they said they’re going to do? And what matters to you as a person?’ ” Kenna said. “You [should] focus your vote on what you think is best for you. So, good day or bad day, I think the debate isn’t something to judge; I think it’s something to take into account.”

“I think it’s going to be just fine, and I think if you listen to the ideas as opposed to the style in which they come, quite frankly, every debate comes out to be a draw,” Tom Hanks said. “You’re either impressed with the communication of the idea or you’re not.”

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