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Campaign 2012 / Obama vs. Romney / The Debates / The History / A Discussion #1031462

CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 28, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The background to the first debate between presidential candidates President Obama and Mitt Romney introduced. [Obama campaign adviser David AXELROD†, Senator Rob PORTMAN - comment on the other side's debate abilities.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The make-or-break moments in past presidential debates examined; excerpts shown from the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates, the '76 blunder by President Gerald Ford against Jimmy Carter, the '80 debates between Carter and Ronald Reagan, in '84 Reagan-Mondale, in the '88 responses by Michael Dukakis and former Vice President Dan Quayle, the '92 debate for George Bush.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Alex Castellanos and Donna Brazile about the Romney-Obama debates. [BRAZILE - says the debate is the third chance for Romney to get a "bounce," that Obama was well prepared in 2008; comments on moments in past debates in which the presidential candidates are assessed by the viewers.] [CASTELLANOS - says Romney has to talk about the failure of Obama and his own business success; states debates are great levelers.]

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