Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks at a campaign fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. The candidate is preparing for the three presidential debates, which will present the greatest opportunities to speak directly to voters. But a gaffe-turned-sound bite would leave little time to recover before Election Day. (Associated Press)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks at a campaign fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday. The candidate is preparing for the three presidential debates, which will present the greatest opportunities to speak directly to voters. But a gaffe-turned-sound bite would leave little time to recover before Election Day. (Associated Press)