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Stakes High For Romney At First Presidential Debate

The presidential candidates meet for the first of three debates on Wednesday. This week, we'll take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate as well as the stakes. We start with a report on Mitt Romney, who got plenty of debate practice during the primary season.

Campaigns Beat Up On Their Own Ahead Of Debates

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish talk about "the expectations limbo" during this campaign season. Both presidential campaigns are trying to downplay their candidate's performance in the first presidential debate.

Presidential Campaigns Rock The Gamer Vote

As political ads ramp up on TV, a newer platform is also seeing a spike in political messages. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first presidential candidate to use political advertising in a video game. This year, the Romney campaign says it is also injecting politics into gaming.

Pelosi Rival's New Ad Features Two Sacrificial Lambs, Including Himself

Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Republican challenger, John Dennis, attacks her with a weird zombie ad. In 2010, an ad of his portrayed her as the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz. That helped him get 15 percent of the vote.

Political Ad Wars Fought On New Battlegrounds

NPR's Ari Shapiro spent a week in one city in a battleground state, Colorado Springs, where campaign spending has tripled since 2008. He discovered how it's changing, and the campaign strategy behind targeting specific ads for specific markets in hopes of winning over undecided voters.

Voters Angry At Washington Gridlock May Want To Look In The Mirror

It's easy to blame politicians for failing to set aside differences and work together. But many political scientists believe that voters share the blame. Americans increasingly view the world through separate, partisan lenses and have turned compromise into a political liability.