(NBC) - For both campaigns, the debate is filled with both challenge and opportunity. As Denver gets ready for tomorrow night's first presidential debate.
So are the candidates. "It'll be a conversation with the American people that will span almost an entire month. We'll get to describe our respective views," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Nominee.
Romney is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great John Elway.
President Obama was taking the personal approach to nail down support, and like Romney, the President sees the debate as a chance to talk to America. "It's a choice between two different paths for this country. It's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation," said President Barack Obama.
The President has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states including Ohio which begins early balloting today. "Romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefine the election," says Larry Sabato, UVA Center for Politics.
An election only thirty-five days away, but still far from over.
Brian Mooar, NBC News.