Wednesday in politics: first presidential debate, and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket

It's the first of three presidential debates. That's it. That's the story on Wednesday.

The time: 9 p.m. EDT.

The place: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.

The moderator: Jim Lehrer, host of the NewsHour on PBS.

The topic: Domestic policy.

At one podium, President Barack Obama, coming off three days of debate prep.

At the other: Mitt Romney, coming off final prepping at a Denver hotel.

Attending: First lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.

The question: Will either candidate step away from the debate stage as a clear winner, having a scored a moment that moved the polling needle?

[Full debate coverage on Yahoo News beginning at 8 p.m. EDT]

While the candidates get ready for the showdown, their surrogates will be out there campaigning on Wednesday. Bill Clinton will be stumping for Obama in New Hampshire; Sen. Marco Rubio in Colorado for Romney;  Michelle Obama will be at an event in Nevada; and Sen. John McCain will continue a bus tour across Florida for Romney.

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And then there is this: The first lady also will be on television Wednesday. She'll appear on the new syndicated daytime show, "Steve Harvey," in a segment that was taped last Thursday before an audience in Mrs. Obama's hometown of Chicago.

Sources: Yahoo! News, Associated Press