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Presidential debate: what to look for beyond who wins or loses (+video)

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(Read caption) Monitor correspondent Liz Marlantes has some thoughts on what President Obama should concentrate on as he prepares for the presidential debates.
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In the minutes and days immediately following Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver – the first of four general-election debates on the calendar – expect the spin to come fast and furious.

The No. 1 question that will be asked – and answered, in differing ways: Who won?

According to some civic groups, though, that isn't the most interesting or even the most important aspect to come out of the debates.

In a wide-reaching discussion Monday with journalists and academics – including veteran broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur, who served as a panelist in the first Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960 – the Newseum's First Amendment Center and the National Communication Association explored what else citizens watching the debates should look for to get the most insight into the candidates.


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