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People at the Lavanderia coin laundry watch as U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are seen during their televised debate on Oct. 3, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The telecast is the first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential.
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Rachael Bass, 20, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney watches a band perform at the University of Denver before the first presidential debate.
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Patrons watch the debate at Bullfeathers, a historic bar just feet from the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Dawn, right, and Randy Cornell, watch the presidential debate at the United Steelworkers Local 4856 Union Hall with fellow union members,in Henderson, Nevada.
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Caitlin Alexander, 20, a supporter of President Barack Obama, watches the debate on a screen outside at the University of Denver.
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A customer gets a shave as he watches the debate on a television at the USA 1st Stop Barber Shop & Hair Salon in the Harlem section of New York.
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Reporters watch the final minutes of the presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 election, three presidential and one vice presidential, is moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer and focuses on domestic issues: the economy, health care, and the role of government.
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Ed Gillespie, a top adviser to the Romney campaign, discusses the Republican reaction to the first presidential debate and whether he believes the candidate's performance was strong enough to alter the trajectory of the race in his favor.
David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Obama's campaign, responds to claims that the president was outdebated, saying that Obama "treated the American people like adults and he told them the truth."