10 Things to Know About the First Presidential Debate

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What's at Stake

In terms of what each man needs to achieve, the debate appears to be a contest of "getting it right" for Obama, while Romney has a more uphill battle. "Romney is under pressure to deliver a performance that shifts the momentum in his direction. Obama, on the other hand, merely needs to avoid a catastrophic performance that could cause independent voters to reassess their support," Reuters writes(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)