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Politics / CAMPAIGN 2012

America Watches First Presidential Debate — PICTURES

October 2, 2012

Preparation is everything for a successful presidential debate. It's true for the candidates, but it's also true for the people putting on the debate. Below are photos from in and around the University of Denver's Magness Arena, where Wednesday's debate will be held.

Calvin Goad watches the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney from a restaurant in San Diego, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. ((AP Photo/Gregory Bull))

Students and community members watch the first Presidential debate outside at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver. ((AP Photo/Chris Schneider))

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney answers a question as President Barack Obama listens during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall))

 

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Eric Gay))

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meet on stage at the start of the first presidential debate in Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. ((AP Photo/Charles Dharapak))

First lady Michelle Obama, center, reacts when asked about spending her wedding anniversary at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. Sitting with the first lady are White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, right, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. ((AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais))

 

Ann Romney, right, is seated with Tagg Romney, center, and Craig Romney before the start of the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate in Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. ((AP Photo/Charles Dharapak))

First lady Michelle Obama greets Ann Romney before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall))

Artist Brian Olsen puts the finishing touches on a painting of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at DebateFest at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Chris Schneider))

 

Last minute stage setup for the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney at the University of Denver take place as seen in a television camera monitor on Wednesday in Denver.(AP Photo/J. David Ake)

A worker on Tuesday helps prepare the set for the presidential debate in Denver.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio (left), who is the debate practice partner for Mitt Romney, takes a picture for well-wishers after the two made an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

Stand-ins for Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama shake hands on stage Tuesday during a rehearsal for Wednesday's debate.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

A shadow is cast as a stand-in for President Obama speaks at the podium Tuesday during a rehearsal for the first presidential debate.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

A volunteer prepares labels for seats Tuesday in the debate hall ahead of Wednesday's presidential debate.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

A teleprompter is visible behind the stage during a rehearsal Tuesday for the presidential debate.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

A workers helps to prepare the Magness Arena for Wednesday's presidential debate.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Television crews set up on a riser outside of the Magness Arena in Denver.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

 
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