Michelle Obama 'excited' about anniversary debate double date
October 3rd, 2012
05:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama 'excited' about anniversary debate double date

Denver (CNN) - To the political world, October 3 is a high-stakes night in the presidential election. But for first lady Michelle Obama, it's the date night that wasn't.

"I told Barack, 'This, you know, attending a presidential debate on my 20th anniversary is probably the worst way for me to spend (it).' ... I get so nervous at these debates," she said in a recent interview alongside her brother, Craig Robinson.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Presidential Debate
October 3rd, 2012
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Presidential and vice presidential debates

(CNN) – The first of four debates - three presidential and one vice presidential - in the final month of the election takes place October 3 in Denver. While we would love to tell you what will happen, the CNN Crystal Ball is out of order. Instead, our best guess of what to expect comes from debates past. Here's a look back, by the numbers, of the trends and surprises of past debates.

61: Percent of households that watched the third debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon on October 13, 1960.

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Preparing for first debate
October 3rd, 2012
11:31 AM ET
2 years ago

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Team Romney 'good' heading into first debate
October 3rd, 2012
10:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney 'good' heading into first debate

Denver (CNN) – Going into the first presidential debate in Denver, a senior Romney campaign aide said they are feeling "good" about where they are in the campaign.

"It's a close one like we expected and we see it tightening and undecided voters as a better opportunity for us than for them," the official said.

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Campaigns offer last minute spin ahead of debate
October 3rd, 2012
10:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Campaigns offer last minute spin ahead of debate

(CNN) – In a spate of expectation-setting ahead of Wednesday night's debate, both campaigns offered their predictions for the first meeting between the two presidential candidates, with President Barack Obama's team arguing the first session between the candidates will be about laying details before voters, and Team Romney looking for unfiltered access to those who remain undecided.

Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, appearing on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," said the candidate who offers specifics in the debate will ultimately be named the winner.

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John King: Debate all about trust for Romney
October 3rd, 2012
07:15 AM ET
2 years ago

John King: Debate all about trust for Romney

DENVER (CNN) - 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?

"He has to paint a compelling picture of a better economic future and why he can lead us there and President Obama can't," GOP pollster Whit Ayres told CNN when asked to define Romney's paramount debate challenge.

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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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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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October 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama: Debates make me nervous

Denver (CNN) - Watching her husband during a presidential debate makes Michelle Obama feels like an anxious mom, the first lady confided in an exclusive interview with CNN.

"I get so nervous at these debates," a laughing Obama told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "I'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. You're just standing there trying not to you know, have any expression at all."

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October 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney: 'Dad' is always with Mitt at the debates

Washington (CNN) – In a candid and personal interview, Ann Romney tells CNN her husband's debate routine includes paying homage every time to a very important person in his life, his father, the former Michigan governor, George Romney.

Ann Romney tells CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that "as soon as he gets on stage...he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium...then he writes 'Dad' on the piece of paper," at which point she becomes emotional because the elder Romney was a strong influence in both her and husband's lives.

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