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Final day of prep for first presidential debate

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The stage is almost ready at the University of Denver where Wednesday night President Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate.

At a rally Monday night in Denver, Romney previewed one of his lines of attack.

"We've had 43 straight months with unemployment above eight percent, and what does the president have to say to all this? He says, ‘forward.' I think ‘forewarned' is a better term!"

Romany is trailing President Obama in polls, and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. That is why the candidate has spent many hours practicing.

Romney will huddle with top advisers once again Tuesday. In the mock debates, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is playing the role of President Obama.

"He's playing Barack Obama in these mock debates we have. I don't like him much anymore alright," Romney said.

As for President Obama, he took a break from practice Monday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls for unsuspecting voters.

It was just a brief break for the president who, like Romney, has been rehearsing for days.

Senator John Kerry is playing the role of Romney in Mr. Obama's practice sessions. The Obama team continues managing expectations, saying Monday night the president is out of practice; the last time he debated was four years ago.

According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 56 percent of

Americans expect President Obama to win the debates. Mitt Romney told voters Monday the debates will be about more than just who comes out on top.

Romney says the debates are a month long conversation with the American people.

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