Chris Christie Raises Expectations For Romney

You have to think this isn't what the Romney people were looking for from their surrogate on the Sunday morning shows leading into the debate this week:

"This whole race is going to be turned upside down come Thursday morning," Christie said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Added Christie. "The campaign hasn't had a good two weeks. But the bottom line is it changes Wednesday night."

On ABC's "This Week," Christie said he has "absolute confidence that when we get to Thursday morning... you're all going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race," he said.

And the governor said much the same on NBC's "Meet the Press," saying "the entire narrative of this race is going to change."

This isn't the 1st time Christie has gone off the reservation in his role as surrogate, like when he told Mitt Romney to release his taxes, a tune he has of course now changed. Both campaigns have sought to downplay expectations heading into the debate this week, but maybe Christie didn't get the memo.

The Romney campaign is playing a different game. In a leaked memo to campaign surrogates, Romney senior adviser Beth Myers said Obama "is a uniquely gifted speaker, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history." Continued Myers: "This will be the eighth one-on-one presidential debate of his political career. For Mitt Romney, it will be his first."

Either way, his comments certainly didn't help the whole Romney effort to downplay expectations leading into Wednesday night.

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