Obama, Romney Prepare for First Debate

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, boards a plane in Denver, Colo., and President Barack Obama gets off a plane in Tampa, Fla. in September.
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, boards a plane in Denver, Colo., and President Barack Obama gets off a plane in Tampa, Fla. in September.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be mostly out of sight Monday, as each man prepares for the first nationally televised debate of the 2012 presidential race. 

    Obama will gather with his campaign advisors at a resort in Nevada, where he held a rally for 11,000 people on Sunday outside the city of Las Vegas.  The president joked that he was "just OK" at debating compared to Romney, whom he described as a "good debater."  But Obama said he wanted Wednesday's debate to be about more than which candidate can deliver the best "zingers" - memorable phrases aimed at mocking or embarrassing an opponent. 

    "But what I'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing and restore security for hard working Americans," Obama stated. "That's what people will be listening for, that's the debate that you deserve."

    Romney will meet with his advisers in his home state of Massachusetts Monday before traveling to Denver, Colorado, the site of Wednesday's debate.  Unlike Romney campaign insiders, one of Romney's Republican allies, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, predicted Sunday that the former Massachusetts governor will do so well the "whole race is going to turn upside down" the day after the debate.

    ''But what I will tell you is, this is the first moment when the American people are going to be able to see these two guys side by side, laying out their vision, unfiltered," Christie noted. "And I think that's going to be a powerful moment for Mitt Romney.''

    Recent public opinion polls indicate Obama has a significant lead over Romney in many of the so-called swing states expected to decide the November 6 election.

    The Republican candidate's standing has fallen since a video surfaced earlier this month showing him telling wealthy supporters that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes and consider themselves "victims" entitled to government support.  He said these Americans will vote for President Obama "no matter what."

    Wednesday's debate, which will be held at the University of Denver, will be devoted to domestic issues, such as the economy and health care.

    Foreign policy issues will be covered in the second and third debates, scheduled for October 16 and October 22.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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    by: nvo from: usa
    October 01, 2012 5:35 PM
    Foolish people! It is NOT about Romney vs Obama! It is about whom is furthering the agenda of THE NEW WORLD ORDER, and that is Obama. Don't you understand that, you foolish people?! It is all about creating a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT, under the NEW WORLD ORDER, about microchipping the people by 2017. The Democrats and Republicans are just the puppets of the NWO. Wake up!!!!!!

    by: Optimist from: Everywhere
    October 01, 2012 4:13 PM
    This is the kind of debate that helps the American people make up their mind, or increase their awareness with what each candidate laying out on the table to help the American economy expand in favor of the American Middle Class. At the same time I would like to hear the candidates offering ways to help the very rich citizens contribute their fair share to help out with the down payment to the deficit, which has partly been incurred due to the many tax cuts they got under GWB.

    Already we have heard what Mr. Romney had to say about nearly half of the American electorate, I hope he clarifies his position and let us know what he meant by we feel victim. Because most of us are not victims, we are as good of citizens struggling to find our American Dream as those who have already found their. After I make my first million dollars, I would like Mr. Romney to come see me, because I do not feel "victim," I am only positioning myself to be as rich as he is.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    October 01, 2012 9:27 AM
    The problem with USA and the forthcoming election is the American Press. It does not give the truth of the whole matter to the reading and listening public. It is decided in its choice of candidate to portray his campaign. The American press has made its choice and the polling groups follow what has been handed to them. Most blogs in support of Romney don't find a way to be published while those in favor of Obama are given express launch. This is not a fair competition.

    Show us what people say about the candidates - good or bad - and let us make the judgement who's winning and who's losing. You cannot doctor the feelings of people and release lopsided results: this is tantamount to rigging the elections before the D-day. I accuse the American press because all my blog for Romney don't receive light of day while favorable remarks on Obama are published. I believe it is same with other supporters of Romney. Please enlist my support for Romney's uprightness. STOP CENSORING MY SUPPORT FOR ROMNEY so that at the end of the day, if Obama wins, we'd have seen a fair competition.
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    by: African Brother
    October 01, 2012 3:44 PM
    Godwin, how is Nigeria? I hear there are several million people who are suffering while the leaders of Nigeria are pocketing the money coming from the oil. What do you intend to do about it as a Nigerian? If, I were you I would focus on Nigeria and the on going corruption more than other country's election.

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