Sabato theorized that political gaffes wouldn't have much of an effect on voters heading into Thursday's vice presidential debate.
"If your candidate makes the gaffe you're going to say, 'I knew what he meant. Why is the media making such a big deal out this?'" Sabato said.
However, a sudden event such as war between Iran and Israel could shift the political landscape, he said. Although it's unlikely, Sabato said a war would create a "gather around the flag" moment for Obama and help his chances.
Sabato also predicted that a majority of the House of Representatives seats would go to Republicans because recent redistricting nationally has favored the GOP. The Senate will be mostly Democrats because those candidates are running pretty tight, locked-in races, he said.
Sabato ended the night by giving advice to anyone who wants to run for political office one day.
"Wait until you're in your thirties," he said.
He's skeptical of people who run shortly after graduating from college.
"Take some time off for your life, as the Founding Fathers intended," he said. "Get a job, work in your community and get things done. And when you run you will have accomplishments to point to and a community that will vote for you."
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