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Decision 2012: Political Pundits Gear Up For First Presidential Debate

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President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have a much-anticipated debate Wednesday night in Denver, and campaign surrogates on both sides acknowledged on Sunday political talk shows that the debate will be significant.

Romney is hoping to shift the dynamics that appear to have turned the race in Obama's favor.

"We understand that this is an important moment. We're just going to continue to make the case we have throughout the campaign through the convention to the American people," White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "Governor Romney, they've said, has practiced zingers and lines for months and months and months so we're sure he'll put on quite a show Wednesday."

"I've seen Mitt Romney do this before. He's going to come in Wednesday and lay out his vision for America. He's going to contrast his view with what the president's record is and the president's view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come Thursday morning," New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on CBS' "Face The Nation."

Polls in a number of the most closely contested states show the president with a steady lead.

Debate Coverage On NY1

NY1 and NY1 Noticias is airing all three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate live. They all start at 9 p.m. and after each debate NY1 will have a special half-hour edition of “Inside City Hall” with analysis and reaction.

• October 3 – Presidential Debate
• October 11 – Vice Presidential Debate
• October 16 – Presidential Debate
• October 22 – Presidential Debate

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