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The first presidential debate was held Wednesday at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The moderator was longtime broadcaster 78 year old Jim Lehrer. This 2012 presidential debate marks the 12th time Lehrer has moderated a presidential or vice presidential debate. Lehrer tried to take control of the debate but had a few struggles with both candidates Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama’s lengthy responses to his questions on job creation, the nation’s deficit and healthcare.

Moderator Jim Lehrer presented several questions to candidates for president Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. View the questions and then watch each candidates responses.

  • On job creation: “What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?”
  • On the deficit: “What are the differences between the two of you as to how you would go about tackling the deficit problem in this country?”
  • On financial regulation:”What is your view about the level of federal regulation of the economy right now? Is there too much? And in your case, Mr. President, is there—should there be more?”
  • On Social Security: “Do you see a major difference between the two of you on Social Security?”
  • On the role of government: “Do you believe there’s a fundamental difference between the two of you as to how you view the mission of the federal government?”