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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined Bob Schieffer on this Sunday's Face the Nation to preview the upcoming presidential debate and what's next for Governor Mitt Romney's campaign after slipping polls and criticism from his Republican Party.

"He's had a tough couple of weeks, let's be honest," Christie said, referring to the Republican candidate. However, Christie said that the morning after the October 3 debate in Denver "you all are going to be scratching your heads, saying, 'Wow, we have a barn-burner now.'"

"He's going to come in Wednesday night, he's going to lay his vision for America...and this whole race is going to turn upside down come Thursday morning," Christie said.

When asked how the debates could turn the race in Romney's favor, the New Jersey Governor said that debates are where Romney "shines" because his performance will not "be spun by anybody or filtered by anybody."

(Read more about Governor Christie's comments on what to expect with the debates in The Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Tribune, The Hill, National Review, The North Jersey Record, The Star-Ledger, Politico, The Atlantic, Toledo Blade, Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Daily Beast, and New York Magazine)

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich also commented on the upcoming presidential debates, offering advice for Romney. "He doesn't have to hit a home run," Gingrich said. "But Romney has to be, at the end of the debate Wednesday night, a clear alternative who is considered as a potential president by a majority of the American people in order for his campaign to have a chance to live."

The former House Speaker turned the conversation to unrest in the Middle East, calling for immediate congressional hearings on the Libya consulate attack to learn if the Obama administration could have done more to prevent the situation.

When asked whether Romney should step up criticism of the Obama administration on its handling of the investigation, Gingrich said, "This entire incident makes no sense. And, yes, I think that Romney should be demanding that the President tell the American people the truth."

(Read more on the conversation with New Gingrich in The Washington Post, The Hill, and Washington Times)

Also, don't miss the political panel with Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum, and Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

And, a roundtable on the state of America today where panelists The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, former DC SchThis is Face the Nation: September 30ools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics, author Hedrick Smith, and Newt Gingrich took a look at the big picture items this election.

Watch the full episode of this Sunday's Face the Nation.