The problem is, any sort of "tie" will be viewed and touted as an Obama win. Even more so after his arse whipping the other night.
Obama will slap Romney hard at least a couple of times in the Town Hall debate, with Romney detractor Candy Crowley beaming proudly.
Romney will have to (1) be mentally ready for that (2) not let it shake the strong self-confidence he displayed in the first debate (3)not let himself get suckered into a bickering-over-nothing contest, but rather consistently bring Obama back to the main issues (4) do better than he usually does in the close-audience, walking-around-while-answering environment of the Town Hall format and this time (5) stay away from "cute" comments, a la Big Bird. He showed himself to be human in the first debate and cleared away that false image. Now he has to look and act "presidential" and be all-business the rest of the way. Let Obama play the "cool guy" role. Be the adult in the room that comes across as understanding that electing a President is a serious matter.
Continue to earn respect, while Obama continues to earn "I'm-your-neighbor" cred.
At this time, the former will count for far more than the latter. The economy and the Middle East shite is about to hit the fan, and I don't want my neighbor living in the White House and wooing the women of America on The View. I want a guy in there who is boring and focused on the task at hand - running the country, and as an actual leader, not a traveling cheerleader.