Campaign The Debates

September 8, 2012 - 10:40 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential hopefuls, from left, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, participate in a Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Finally, the fall season delivers the matchup Americans have been waiting for, President Barack Obama goes one-on-one with Republican Mitt Romney in three prime-time debates. With the race a dead heat, the debates take on an oversized role in the few weeks between now and Election Day. One small mistake or impression _ a glance at a watch, repetitive sighing _ could roil the campaign for days and linger in voters’ mind. This is especially true for two polished candidates who will have the soundbites and rhetoric down cool. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)