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  • Classic Moments in Debate History     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:41 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood assembles classic moments from past debates. Bob Lutz, former Chrysler president, also weighs in.

  • Strigl: What I Want to Hear From Romney     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:30 PM ET

    Dennis Strigl, former president & CEO of Verizon Wireless, says the choices in this election are clear. "What I'm looking here is substance over form," he says.

  • Romney Floats Tax Deductions Cap Idea     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:15 PM ET

    Mitt Romney is floating the idea of capping tax deductions at 17,000. Robert Reich, UC Berkeley, and Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform, discuss whether that could bring down the deficit.

  • Romney, Obama Debate Health Care     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:10 PM ET

    Governor Mitt Romney and President Obama debate the pros and cons of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act.

  • What to Watch for Tonight     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:00 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood offers a preview of tonight's presidential debate. Meanwhile Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), shares his views on which candidate is right about tax policies.

  • Ringside with Romney     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:51 PM ET

    Roger Stone, Republican Strategist, and Roger Stone, Stonezone.com, discuss whether Mitt Romney can keep his cool or lose his temper in tonight's debate.

  • Debate Drinking Game     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:33 PM ET

    As Larry Kudlow and CNBC's Jane Wells discover, Wednesday's debate could impact the mood of the nation in an entirely new way.

  • It's Still the Economy!     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    A recent Rasmussen poll shows 80 percent of likely voters rate the economy as "very important" in this election. David Goldman, Macro-Strategy president, and Keith McCullough, Hedgeye Risk Management, discuss.

  • Romney Campaign Adviser Offers Clues     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:15 PM ET

    Kevin Madden, senior Romney campaign adviser, discusses what Americans can expect to hear from Mitt Romney tonight.

  • Obama & Romney Face Off!     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:00 PM ET

    Mitt Romney and President Obama are in their respective hotel rooms, making final preparations for the big debate, reports CNBC's John Harwood. Keith Boykin, former Clinton White House aide; Rick Lazio, Jones Walker; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Congressional Budget Office director, weigh in.

  • Debate Strategy with Larry Kudlow     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:00 PM ET

    As a seasoned veteran from the Reagan administration, Larry Kuldow looks at what Mitt Romney must do to win the Wednesday debate.

  • Go on Offense, Romney Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:25 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the American Legion 94th National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination on August 30.

    Free advice is, well, free advice. But I would say this to Mitt Romney: In your gentlemanly fashion, get on the offense quickly Wednesday night, and put President Barack Obama on the defense.

  • Tonight's presidential debate at the University of Denver will focus on domestic policy, with CNBC's John Harwood; and Alan Blinder, Princeton University professor, makes the case for why business leaders don't necessarily make good presidents.

  • Obama-Romney Debate — The Drinking Game Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    We watch political debates hoping the candidates say something new. They rarely do. Zzzzzz. So why watch if they're just going to say the same old thing? To take part in a national drinking game.

  • Obama Leads Romney by 50 Points With Latinos Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    Barak Obama, Mitt Romney

    President Obama has his largest lead in a new poll of Hispanic voters: 50 points. It appears that Romney's comments that “47 percent” of Americans are dependent on government took a toll on his standing with Hispanics. NBCNews.com reports.

  • Cap Tax Deductions?     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    Mitt Romney floats the idea of capping tax deductions at $17,000, with David Callahan, Demos senior fellow, and Chris Edwards, Cato Institute Tax Policy.

  • Showdown in Colorado: Will Romney Turn Race Around? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:43 PM ET
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

    Hours before the first Presidential debate, Ann Romney told supporters that her husband Mitt succeeds at everything he takes on. Larry Kudlow sure hopes she's right.

  • Barack Obama Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET
  • Markets Focused on the Election?     Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    Discussing the upcoming elections, and how the markets could react to a Romney or an Obama win, with Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak, and Art Hogan, Lazard Capital Markets.

  • The first presidential debate is likely to focus on economic issues as President Obama and Mitt Romney clash over the size and role of government.  Here are some of the topics that could come up.

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