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2012 first presidential debate

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack

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

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.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack
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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)

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney
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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney wave before the start of the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama talks to Republican presidential nominee
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President Barack Obama talks to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Presidential
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate
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US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) participate in the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver. It's moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Students and community members watch the first Presidential
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Students and community members watch the first Presidential debate outside at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

US President Barack Obama speaks during his debate
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US President Barack Obama speaks during his debate with Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listen to a question from moderator Jim Lehrer during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama, right, listens to Republican presidential
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President Barack Obama, right, listens to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Ann
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US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Ann Romney (R), wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, embrace prior to their husbands' debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Debate moderator Jim Lehrer speaks prior to the
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Debate moderator Jim Lehrer speaks prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama answers a question as Republican
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President Barack Obama answers a question as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republican presidential
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 3, 2012)

University of Denver student Sam Garry sits at
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University of Denver student Sam Garry sits at the moderator's desk before a presidential debate dress rehearsal at University of Denver in Colorado, the site of the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. (Oct. 2, 2012)

University of Denver students Dia Mohamed (R), a
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University of Denver students Dia Mohamed (R), a stand-in for President Barack Obama, and Zach Gonzales, a stand-in for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, shake hands during the start of a rehearsal for the first presidential debate to be held at the University of Denver. (Oct. 2, 2012)

University of Denver student Dia Mohamed is given
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University of Denver student Dia Mohamed is given a dark suit jacket as he stands in for President Barack Obama during rehearsal for the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Workers stand by during a rehearsal for the
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Workers stand by during a rehearsal for the first presidential debate to be held at the University of Denver. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Road closure barricades are prepared for use during
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Road closure barricades are prepared for use during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Television crews and media prepare for coverage of
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Television crews and media prepare for coverage of the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. (Oct. 2, 2012)

TV satellite trucks are parked outside of the
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TV satellite trucks are parked outside of the University of Denver on the eve of the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Workers build security fencing outside the Magness Arena
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Workers build security fencing outside the Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Colorado in preparation of the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. (Oct. 2, 2012)

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