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FOUNDED IN 1898 ★ VOL. 113, NO. 40 ★ DENVER, CO ★ OCT. 5, 2012 ©

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The Debate in Denver President Barack Obama, right, makes a point to Republican nominee Mitt Romney during the presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3. The two candidates squared off for 90 minutes as 67 million viewers watched on television. The debate was moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer and was devoted to domestic policy. Most pundits credit challenger Romney with the victory in the first of three debates before the Nov. 6 election. — See page 15.

Romney survives, campaign revived

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Inside: t Obama advisor Gibbs berates Ryan ..........Page 3

DebateFest is a real lovefest

t Ann Romney glows over “soul Mitt” .............Page 4 t Pre-debate forums on array of issues ........Page 5 t Liberal, conservative women weigh in .....Page 5 t Rubio revs up Latinos for Romney ............Page 6 t Hick talks about Obama bromance ...............Page 7 t DU poll gives narrow edge to Obama .....Page 30

Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, shares his snack with Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner at the DebateFest prior to the Obama/Romney showdown.

Obama rebounds at nearby Sloan’s Lake

“Gov. Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth,” President Barack Obama tells supporters on Oct. 4 at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. — See page 20. PHOTO

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ERNEST LUNING/THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock greets the DebateFest audience from the main stage. — See pages 16-17. PHOTOS

Buck, Bennet star in Odd Couple role

THE ‘POLITICAL ODD COUPLE’ — DA Ken Buck, left, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, right — showed utmost political correctness on Oct. 2 when the Republican and Democratic former foes cohosted “an unlikely meeting of the minds” at the Denver Press Club the night before the presidential debate. Bennet defeated Buck two years ago in the U.S. Senate race, but holding grudges is so-o-o 2010. It was a lot of fun and frivolity, along with some other oddball couplings. — See page 2. PHOTO BY JODY HOPE STROGOFF

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JOHN SCHOENWALTER/THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Romney flies high at Wings Over Rockies

“We’ll get to describe our respective views, and I believe the people of Colorado will choose a better way forward for our country,” Republican nominee Mitt Romney tells a Denver rally on Oct. 1. — See page 13. PHOTO

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ERNEST LUNING/THE COLORADO STATESMAN


Colorado statesman oct 5, 2012  
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