- Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have three debates in the run-up to the 2012 US Presidential election.
- The first debate will take place in an ice hockey arena at the University of Denver, Colorado.
- Around 50 million Americans will watch today's 90 minute debate, which will focus on domestic policy and the state of the economy.
- On October 11 the solitary vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan will take place. They will focus on domestic and foreign issues.
- The second debate on October 16 in New York will give members of the general public a chance to quiz both men on domestic and foreign issues.
- The final debate six days later in Florida will concentrate on foreign policy.
- Obama currently leads in the polls.
The US unemployment rate has edged down to 8.1% nationally but any failure to continue that momentum will be seized upon by Republicans.
The lackluster debate performance from Obama, who has been called the greatest communicator since Reagan, gave us our October surprise.
The dust is settling on a successful night for Mitt Romney but the show must go on.