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US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at last meet face-to-face tonight to duel for the White House in the first of three debates, just 33 days before American voters decide their fates. Obama heads into the showdown in Denver with a narrow lead in his bid to become only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term. <br/>

<b>Left:</b> US President Barack Obama listens to the national anthem during the Joplin High School Commencement Ceremony at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, on May 21, 2012. <b>Right:</b> US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sings the national anthem at a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Centre in Mesa, Arizona, on February 22, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at last meet face-to-face tonight to duel for the White House in the first of three debates, just 33 days before American voters decide their fates. Obama heads into the showdown in Denver with a narrow lead in his bid to become only the second Democrat since World War II to win a second term.
Left: US President Barack Obama listens to the national anthem during the Joplin High School Commencement Ceremony at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, on May 21, 2012. Right: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sings the national anthem at a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona at the Mesa Arts Centre in Mesa, Arizona, on February 22, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Republican Romney, down in almost all the key battleground states, seeks a sharp change of momentum in a race that seems to be slipping away.
Left: The US President hugs his wife Michelle during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012. Right: The US Republican presidential candidate embraces his wife Ann during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012.
Several national polls released before the debate showed a tight race, with Obama ahead by a few points.
T-shirts bearing the image of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and the image of US President Barack Obama (right) are displayed for sale at a shop inside Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, on September 17, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Left: US President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall style meeting in Decorah, Iowa, on August 15, 2011. Right: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a Victory rally at the Long Family Orchard Farm and Cider Mill in Commerce, Michigan, on August 24, 2012.
Left: Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia and Sasha watch television in the Treaty Room of the White House as Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012. Right: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his grandchildren watch the Republican National Convention on television in their hotel room in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 2012.
Left: Barack Obama makes a phone call to a supporter during a visit to the Obama for America campaign field office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on September 9, 2012. Right: Mitt Romney makes phone calls asking for votes as he visits a Romney for President Headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, on January 21, 2012.
Left: The US President chats with a child as he visits the Countryside barbecue restaurant in Marion, North Carolina, on October 17, 2011. Right: The Republican presidential candidate talks with supporters during a campaign stop at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville, Ohio, on August 14, 2012.
Left: Mitt Romney pauses while speaking during the American Legion 94th National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 29, 2012. Right: Barack Obama pauses while speaking during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2012.
Left: US President Barack Obama appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 25, 2011. Right: Mitt Romney appears on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on March 27, 2012
Left: US President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking during a campaign event at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 22, 2012. Right: Mitt Romney greets the crowd after delivering remarks at a campaign rally at Van Dyck Park, in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 13, 2012.
Left: US First Lady Michelle Obama waves to supporters on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012. Right: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann waves to the crowd of supporters during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012.
Left: Mitt Romney's wife Ann speaks at the Republican National Conventionat the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012. Right: Barack Obama's wife Michelle delivers a speech during the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012.
Left: Barack Obama's motorcade passes through Farmersburg, Iowa, on August 16, 2011. Right: The motorcade of Mitt Romney passes through Beallsville, Ohio, on August 14, 2012.
Left: The US President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to board Air Force One on March 16, 2012. Right: The US Republican presidential candidate arrives to board his campaign plane at Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs, New Mexico, on August 23, 2012.
Left: US President Barack Obama walks to his bus as he arrives in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minnesota, on August 15, 2011. Right: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann board a bus after arriving by plane in Norfolk, Virginia, on August 10, 2012.
Left: US Secret Service agents stand guard in front of a vehicle carrying Mitt Romney before boarding his campaign plane in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 29, 2012. Right: members of the Secret Service await the arrival of US President Barack Obama at Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan, on April 18, 2012.
Left: The President Bwaves as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival at King County International Airport in Seattle on September 25, 2011. Right: The Republican presidential candidateboards his campaign plane at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Pueblo, Colorado, on September 24, 2012.
Left: Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna stand with Ann and Mitt Romney at an RNC Farewell Victory rally in Lakeland, Florida, on August 31, 2012. Right: Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill stand with Michelle and Barack Obama during a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on September 7, 2012.
Left: A supporter snaps a picture while US President Barack Obama speaks during a fundraising reception at the Bridgeport Arts Centre in Chicago, Illinois, on August 12, 2012. Right: A supporter uses a mobile phone to take a picture of US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, Arizona, on February 22, 2012.
Left: Barack Obama meets supporters during a campaign stop at the Charlottesville Telos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 29, 2012. Right: Mitt Romney (meets supporters during a campaign rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina, on August 12, 2012.
Left: A man prays before Mitt Romney speaks at a Veterans for Romney campaign event in Springfield, Virginia, on September 27, 2012. Right: A man wearing an Obama tie attends the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5, 2012.
Left: Supporters cheer US President Barack Obama after he accepted the Democratic National Convention's nomination to run for a second term as president at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012. Right: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan welcome their families onto the stage following Romney's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012.
Left: The US President speaks during a campaign event at Prime Osborn Convention Centre in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 19, 2012. Right: the Republican presidential hopeful addresses the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington on October 8, 2011.

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