All eyes will be on Denver Wednesday night for the first presidential debate in the 2012 election. Debates offer great opportunities for devastating critiques of the opposition’s positions and both Gov. Romney and President Obama have been preparing for the October 3rd toe to toe battle at Denver University with practice debates.
Most of the election polls show that Obama is leading, but how much can this data be relied on in a swing state like Colorado? It’s easy for registered voters to answer their phone and say who they intend to vote for. Actually casting a vote is another story.
The economy, jobs, tax rates, women’s reproductive rights, education funding, Medicare, healthcare and tax cuts are all topics of great interest to women in Colorado, a swing state with 9 electoral votes. But it’s not just local women voters in the Denver Metro area that the candidates will have to convince Wednesday night.
This campaign has had both sides accusing the other of misuse of the facts, and it should be interesting to see how they each go about pinning the other down when they are face to face in front of the whole country. Will Lehrer be able to focus the debate on the questions asked, or will the candidates be able to lead the discussion to the topics they feel most confident about? What will the body language and intentional verbal jabs say about each candidate?
The topic of the debate is domestic policy, according to 2012 Election Central. It will start at 7:00 local time and be broadcast on all of the major television networks.