Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:37
DENVER: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at last stand face-to-face Wednesday to duel for the White House in the first of a trio of debates just 33 days before American voters decide their fates.
Obama heads into the showdown in Denver with a narrow lead in his bid to defy historic omens sown by a stubbornly sluggish economic recovery, and to become only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term.
Republican Romney, down in almost all the key battleground states that will decide who wins the 270 electoral votes needed to win on November 6, seeks a sharp change of momentum in a race that seems to be slipping away.
The rivals will step up to podiums at the University of Denver in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, at 7:00 pm (0100 GMT) to clash over the economy and other domestic issues.
But veteran anchor Jim Lehrer, ...