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First Presidential debate is tonight

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 Barack Obama (left) and Mitt Romney are shown in a composite  Reuters
Barack Obama (left) and Mitt Romney are shown in a composite Reuters

DENVER, CO (WTAQ) - The first of three debates between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney happens tonight in Denver, Colorado. 

The event starts at 8 p.m., Central time and runs for 90 minutes. You can hear the debate live on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ.

Campaigning in North Carolina Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden called the upcoming election the "starkest choice" in memory. Biden accused Republicans of favoring more tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the struggling middle class.  

Campaigning in Iowa, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan called Romney a jobs creator who will fix the nation's jobs crisis. The Wisconsin Congressman insisted that the U.S. cannot afford four more years like the past four years. 

Congressman Ryan debates Vice President Biden next week in Danville, Kentucky. 

Tonight's presidential debate will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, host of the PBS News Hour.  

The first presidential debate will mostly be covering domestic policies, with a heavy focus on the economy. Other topics that will be discussed by the presidential candidates will be healthcare and the role of government in American life. 

It will be the first chance voters will get to see Mitt Romney and President Obama unfiltered with no media interference.

Political watchers expect Romney will have the higher burden of proving himself to the American people as he is the unknown candidate. However, Obama will have to explain why things aren't going better around the country.

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