10 Things to Know About the First Presidential Debate

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Dead Giveaways

It's not just what candidates say that can influence the outcome of the debate, but also what they do. Political analysts said voters were turned off in 2000 by Vice President Al Gore's sighs of disapproval during his debate with George W. Bush, and the same was said about Bush when he scowled when opponent John Kerry spoke in their 2004 debate. (Photo: Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)