President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had their first of three debates last night at the University of Denver, focusing on fiscal policies such as taxes, the national deficit, Medicare and overall health care costs. Financial regulation was also delved into with Romney saying that he would repeal Dodd-Frank, Obama and the Democratic Party's main effort to place new regulations on Wall Street.
While the debate was billed as a broad look at each candidate's domestic policy, topics such as global warming, immigration, reproductive rights and social issues, such as gay rights, were not discussed. The country's stubbornly high unemployment rate was indirectly addressed in the tax policy portion of the evening.
The next presidential debate is scheduled for October 16 and will be a town hall format.