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5 things to watch in tonight's debate
October 3rd, 2012
05:01 PM ET

5 things to watch in tonight's debate

Follow Wednesday's presidential debate coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhoneiPad andAndroid. Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. 

Denver (CNN) - President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney face off on Wednesday in the first of three presidential debates.

While Obama holds a lead in several key battleground states, the race nationally has been locked in a dead heat for months. The debate offers an opportunity for Obama or Romney to gain some momentum and break the logjam.

Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday:

1. Who's presidential?

The first and most important test for the president and Romney in this opening debate is to act like they belong in the job.

We've heard a lot of bickering on the campaign trail, and there's plenty of talk that zingers could decide who wins or loses the showdown in Denver. But to most Americans, this debate is really about which candidate has the composure and stature to serve in the Oval Office.

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  1. Rodney

    I am a registered voter!
    I admit Romney did better than anyone could of ever of thought. He was more energetic and agressive. But, Obama did very well to! He had the best Zingers, and showing Romney had no details how he would fix any thing. But I do give credit to Romney Great job.
    Was a great debeat

    October 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  2. Joe

    We learned today that our Health Insurance (employer group plan) is going up 16% over last year! Last year we took cuts in benefits and highter dedutibles and copays and still had a increase in rates! If we only had a 4% increase – where did my other 12% come from? Will be interested to see when you follow up with the Kaise reports!

    October 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  3. bob eaton

    Anderson, the chart being used for ad dollars by state says in top left obama and mccain. oops. otherwise a great after debate show.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm |