How important are the debates?

  • by: JOHN HARWOOD , New York Times
  • Updated: October 2, 2012 - 12:00 AM

History shows that candidates have different ways to score in presidential debates: the forceful put-down, the surprising show of skill, the opponent's fumble, superior post-debate tactics. But it also shows that to fundamentally alter the direction of a campaign, a candidate usually has to accomplish all those things. That underscores the challenge Mitt Romney faces on Wednesday night in Denver, in the first debate against President Obama.

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