10 Things to Know About the First Presidential Debate

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Points of Weakness

Jen Psaki, President Obama's traveling press secretary, said recently that the president "has a tendency to give longer substantive answers" and that doesn't necessarily work in an abridged debate format. Romney survived the gamut of primary debates with his GOP contenders, but analysts have called into question how well he'll perform in his first presidential debate (Obama has eight one-on-one presidential debates under his belt). (Photos from left: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images, Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)