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Ellen Leslie, left, takes a photo of Danielle Gillespie, right, with cardboard cut-outs of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama at DebateFest at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Denver debate party

Prior to the first presidential debate, the University of Denver threw a party called Debate Fest. It included a free-speech zone, live music from several bands and a live broadcast of MSNBC's "Hardball."