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Politics

Presidential debate | 9 p.m.

Crucial debate in presidential race tonight

Nation’s eyes on Obama, Romney

NEW YORK – President Obama and Mitt Romney enter the second presidential debate Tuesday night with vital missions: The incumbent needs to display the urgency he lacked in the first debate, while the challenger is hoping to build on his momentum of the past 10 days.

With Super Bowl-size audiences tuning into what has become a weekly political miniseries, President Obama cannot afford another performance like the one he had in Denver — where even supporters said he was lackluster and timid.

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