This program is 29 minutes long
(Las Vegas: Nancy Cordes) The background to the first debate in the presidential election campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney featured; scenes shown of Obama in Nevada and Romney on the trail; details given about their debate preparations. [On "This Week," campaign strategist David PLOUFFE; on "Face the Nation," New Jersey Governor Chris CHRISTIE- offer views on the debate.] [On Fox, vice presidential nominee Paul RYAN - says people become more dependent on government under Obama.] [University of Pennsylvania Kathleen Hall JAMIESON - says in a debate the challenger can show he can hold his own against the president.] the time-honored strategy of setting the bar low for debate performance noted.
(Las Vegas; Bill whitaker) The close presidential election campaign in Nevada between President Obama and Mitt Romney examined; Romney TV ad shown; details given about the views of two Las Vegas voters. [Nevadan Erica KOZLOWSKI - outlines her personal situation; indicates she is not as enthused with Obama now.] [Nevada businessman Omar LOPEZ - says Romney knows how to make money; states he is still undecided on who to vote for.]
(London: Holly Williams) The civil war fighting in Syria between the rebel and government forces featured; scenes shown from outside Aleppo, in the burned-out medieval market, bodies from Damascus, an arms cache.
(Denver: Barry Petersen) The Colorado ballot Amendment 54 that would require an amendment to the constitution limiting campaign spending examined; political TV ads shown' details given about the 2012 Supreme Court ruling that restrictions on campaign spending restricted freedom of speech. [On the street, two PEOPLE - complain.] [Colorado Common Cause director Elena NUNEZ- comments on the free speech issue. A statement from Citizens United against the Colorado referendum quoted. [Public opinion consultant Eric SONDERMANN- comments.]
(Macon, Georgia: Mark Strassmann) The mandatory teaching of Mandarin Chinese in Macon, Georgia, schools featured; scenes shown from Sonny Carter Elementary School; details given about the language teachers from China and the "Macon Miracle" to improve education here. [Student Mark FULLER- comments on learning.] [School supt. Romaine DALLEMAND- says it is about opening their world and teaching them to compete.] [Parent Sandie PARKER - questions teaching Mandarin.]