Mitt Romney, Barack Obama prep for debates while running mates, Paul Ryan, Joe Biden, campaign

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a campaign rally at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. (Oct. 1, 2012) (Credit: AP)

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney were taking time off the campaign trail in secluded debate practice Tuesday, underscoring the stakes for both in their first televised encounter Wednesday night.

Obama is at a resort in Henderson, Nev., while Romney was spending most of the day at a hotel on the outskirts of Denver, site of the first of their three debates in the next...

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