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VIDEO REPORT: President Obama and Mitt Romney Tangle Over Health Care Law

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 --- 9:30p.m.

DENVER (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney is vowing to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, saying it adds costs to the health system and has led to Medicare cuts.

Romney says in the first presidential debate that Obama spent his energy pushing through a massive health care law rather than trying to fix the struggling economy.

Romney says it's expensive and expensive things hurt families.

Obama says his administration worked on the health care law at the same time he was working to create jobs. He says the law has helped people with pre-existing conditions and those who have children under age 26.

The president counters that he based the law on Romney's own plan when he was governor.

Obama says, quote, "We've seen this model work really well -- in Massachusetts."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 --- 8:24p.m.

DENVER (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is making progress in repairing the struggling economy he inherited when he took office while his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, says the Democratic incumbent favors a "trickle-down government, if you will."

Obama and Romney opened their first of three presidential debates Wednesday with disagreements on how the government could help add jobs.

Obama pointed to progress made in saving Detroit's auto industry and rebuilding the housing market. Romney, meanwhile, says he would take a different path that gets government out of the way for American businesses.

Obama says Romney's plan would cut taxes for high-income workers. Romney says that is incorrect and that wealthy Americans will do just fine regardless whether he or Obama is in the White House.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 --- 8:05p.m.

DENVER (AP) -- The first debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney is under way at the University of Denver.

Obama and Romney are taking the stage in the first of three 90-minute presidential debates scheduled this month.

The debate is expected to focus on domestic policy. The moderator is PBS newsman Jim Lehrer. He will open each 15-minute segment with a question, and then Obama and Romney will have two minutes apiece to answer.

After that, it's up to Lehrer to keep the conversation going and to intervene if one candidate speaks too long.

National polls show the two candidates in a tight race among likely voters. But Obama has the advantage in many of the battlegrounds, including Colorado.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
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UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 --- 4:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will compete in their first presidential debate tonight on NBC 15 at 8 p.m.

Coverage of the 90-minute event will run from 8 p.m. until NBC 15 News at 10. It is the first of three scheduled debates.

With just five weeks until the election, Obama holds a narrow lead over Romney among likely voters. According to an NBC/WSJ poll, Obama edges the former Governor 49% to 46% nationally. Other recent polling suggests Obama's lead may be slightly larger in the battle for Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes.

PBS Newshour Executive Editor Jim Lehrer will moderate the debate at the University of Denver. A coin toss determined Obama will get the first question, and Romney will get the last word.

The presidential candidates will also participate in debates on Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.


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