Americans looking for a vision, policy details in Denver presidential debate

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Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

DENVER — Political observers agree that the American public will declare the winner of the first presidential debate in Denver based on which candidate lays out a vision for the future that includes some specifics and policy details.

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A new CNN poll shows 56 percent believe President Barack Obama will win the debate Wednesday night, compared to 32 percent who say Republican candidate Mitt Romney will win.

Almost half of those polled say the economy is the most important facing the country right now. Seventy-five percent of those say it’s in poor shape. The economy is followed by the federal budget deficit (15%), health care (12%) and education (10%) as the most important issues.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate those domestic issues Wednesday night.