Denver Presidential Debate
UNDATED (WSVN) -- After millions spent on ads and countless days on the campaign trail the two presidential contenders finally go toe-to-toe, and it's one of the last times the candidates can speak.
They talk about each other for months. Now, they talk to each other. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go face to face. And unlike many other debates, this will actually be a debate.
The stage in Denver is ready for the presidential debate over domestic issues, focusing mainly on the economy. Barack Obama, who flew in from Nevada, and Mitt Romney, who has prepared in Denver, will each have two minutes to answer questions.
The moderator, Jim Lehrer will then let them go back and forth. "We think that those extended discussion periods will help the viewers around the world really get a sense of the key issues of the day," said Peter Eyre Commission on Presidential Debates. "Key issues of the day."
The details on the issues are what many voters have been waiting to hear. "I'm looking for actual plans," said Sheila Smith. "I want to know what the candidates are going to do."
"We need to know the exact plan of how each candidate will improve the economy," said Charles Miller.
Obama and Romney have spent days, even weeks preparing for this night. The main goal is "Don't try to score a touchdown. Just don't make a crucial fumble." "Very few candidates ever win an election with a debate," said CNN Political Consultant, Alex Castellanos. "But quite a few have lost an election with a debate."
The debate won't end after 90-minutes. Afterwards, each candidate will send out their spin to explain how their candidate won.
It's already started today with the democrats trying to lower expectations that Obama, the better debater will do well. "I think that expectations are probably working a little bit against us," said Obama Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutler. "And more for Mitt Romney right now."
The republicans brought out South Florida Marco Rubio to go after the president. "We can't afford four more years of Barack Obama. I think after tonight's debate, that will be increasingly clear," said Senator Rubio.
The spin after the debates will be fun to watch. One candidate can fall, his opponents will say he fell, his supporters will say he gracefully slid on stage. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the candidate you are in Denver to support.
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