Romney aide says debate will show he cares about jobless Americans

DENVER (AP) — A senior adviser to Mitt Romney says viewers of tonight's debate will see that Romney "really cares about putting Americans back to work."

An Obama campaign adviser, meanwhile, says the president plans to "have a conversation with the American people about where we've been over the past four years."

Those previews, on CBS this morning, come in advance of the first of three planned debates between the two candidates. The first one focuses on domestic policy.

The debate comes as Romney trails in the polls in a number of key states. He's looking for a breakout performances in the three debates over the next three weeks.

Republicans have tried to frame the economic debate in their terms by pointing to yesterday's comments by Vice President Joe Biden in North Carolina -- where Biden said the middle class had been "buried the last four years." The Republicans say that's an acknowledgement that Obama's policies have failed.

Obama's camp responds that the policies of Obama's Republican predecessors had caused the damage.

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171-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager, and Rick Santorum, former GOP presidential candidate)--Predictions are flying as President Obama and Mitt Romney get set for tonight's opening debate in Denver. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (3 Oct 2012)

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156-a-12-(Rick Santorum, former Republican presidential candidate, in interview)-"and this time"-Rick Santorum says President Obama will have a tough opponent tonight. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Oct 2012)

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157-a-10-(Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager, in interview)-"not done that"-Stephanie Cutter says President Obama will offer specifics during tonight's debate. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: US Senate chamber seating diagram of 2012 Pre-election balance: Blue seats are DEMOCRAT held (51), purple INDEPENDENT (2), and Red REPUBLICAN (47), with CURRENT US SENATE lettering, finished graphic (2 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO COEG101: A worker helps prepare the set for the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will hold their first debate Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (2 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO CODG101: A shadow is cast across the stage as a stand-in for the Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium during a rehearsal for a debate at the University of Denver Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Denver. Romney and President Barack Obama will hold their first debate Wednesday, Oct. 3. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (2 Oct 2012)

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