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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)(Credit: AP)

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2012 first presidential debate

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will face off in three debates in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections. The first, at the University of Denver in Colorado, focuses on domestic policy. The second debate, at Long Island's Hofstra University, will follow a town hall format with questions from the audience. The third debate, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., will focus on foreign policy.