Photos: The first presidential debate

Updated 12:16 AM ET, Thu October 4, 2012
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate in Denver on Wednesday, October 3. View behind-the-scene photos of debate preparations. AFP/Getty Images
Romney stands with his wife, Ann, and family following the first presidential debate. Getty Images
President Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama after the debate Wednesday. It took place on their 20th wedding anniversary. Getty Images
Jim Leher of PBS moderates the 90-minute debate on Wednesday. It was the candidates' first time debating face to face. Getty Images
Obama defended his record and challenged his rival's proposals. Getty Images
Romney was more aggressive Wednesday in criticizing Obama's vision. AFP/Getty Images
People watch the debate at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York. Getty Images
The event was expected to draw the candidates' largest nationwide audience to date. Getty Images
Romney answers a question from the moderator. AFP/Getty Images
Obama argues his view. Both candidates said the other's proposals won't work. AFP/Getty Images
Michelle Obama listens to the debate. AFP/Getty Images
Romney said Obama has failed to bring down high unemployment and get the economy surging again. AFP/Getty Images
Obama reacts to Romney's remarks on Wednesday. Getty Images
Obama listens during the debate in Denver. AFP/Getty Images
Romney, who has been unable to catch the president in most polls to date, sought to generate enthusiasm for a change in the White House. Getty Images
Romney's shadow is projected beneath text from the Declaration of Independence at the University of Denver's Magness Arena. Getty Images
The first of three presidential debates focused on domestic issues: the economy, health care and the role of government. Getty Images
Obama and Mitt Romney clashed over the economy on Wednesday. Getty Images
Romney speaks during Wednesday night's debate. The candidate called for a new economic path. AFP/Getty Images
Obama called for "economic patriotism" and said Romney's plan of tax cuts for the rich failed before. AFP/Getty Images
Romney and Obama wave to the crowd at the start of the presidential debate. AFP/Getty Images
Obama greets Romney on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
The candidates meet on stage less than five weeks before Election Day. Getty Images
Obama and Romney shake hands Wednesday night. Getty Images
The presidential race has been dominated so far by negative advertising as both camps try to frame the election to their advantage. AFP/Getty Images
Leher takes the stage Wednesday. It's his 12th time moderating a presidential debate. AFP/Getty Images
Michelle Obama points to Lehrer before the start of the debate. AFP/Getty Images
Ann Romney and first lady Michelle Obama hug on Wednesday. Getty Images
The candidates wives were in attendance for the most highly anticipated campaign event to date. Getty Images
Michelle Obama sits with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, right. Getty Images
Rapper Will.i.am, left, speaks with Jarrett before the debate on Wednesday. View behind-the-scenes photos of debate preparations. AFP/Getty Images