5 things to watch in tonight's debate
October 3rd, 2012
07:11 AM ET
2 years ago

5 things to watch in tonight's debate

DENVER (CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney face off on Wednesday in the first of three presidential debates

While Obama holds a lead in several key battleground states, the race nationally has been locked in a dead heat for months. The debate offers an opportunity for Obama or Romney to gain some momentum and break the logjam.

Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday:

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On the Trail: October 3, 2012
October 3rd, 2012
07:00 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: October 3, 2012

(CNN) - On the day of the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, both candidates are off the trail in preparation mode. Some of their surrogates, however, will hit the road to stump. Bill Clinton will deliver remarks in New Hampshire, while John McCain holds a rally in Florida.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep
October 3rd, 2012
06:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney's sparring partner offers glimpse into GOP debate prep

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rob Portman gets so into character playing Barack Obama during debate prep that his performance four years ago sparring with then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain made his wife, Cindy, run out of the room crying.

"Part of your responsibility in these debates is to be tougher so the candidate you are helping is ready for the worst of it - so you have to be mean. You need to get under their skin. Sometimes the candidate you are working with doesn't appreciate it, and even more often, their family doesn't appreciate it," Portman told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate • Rob Portman
CNN Poll: Big shifts on role of government
October 3rd, 2012
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Big shifts on role of government

Denver (CNN) – Hours before the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a showdown that will focus on domestic issues, a new national survey indicates that Americans have undergone some major changes on the basic questions concerning the size and role of the federal government.

And according to a CNN/ORC International poll, the public expects a split decision, with a majority saying that Obama will win the presidential showdowns but that Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP running mate, will win the one vice presidential debate.

Tune to CNN for Wednesday's presidential debate coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter.
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 03, 2012
October 3rd, 2012
04:53 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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CNN: 5 things to watch in tonight's debate
President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney face off on Wednesday in the first of three presidential debates. While Obama holds a lead in several key battleground states, the race nationally has been locked in a dead heat for months. The debate offers an opportunity for Obama or Romney to gain some momentum and break the logjam. Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday:

CNN’s John King: Debate all about trust for Romney
To win in November, Mitt Romney must emerge from his first debate with President Barack Obama as the leader on this campaign's defining question: Which candidate do voters trust more to handle the economy?

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