Oct 3, 2012 6:03 PM by Rob Quirk

Media monitor huge at debate

The media has descended on Magness Arena for tonight's first presidential debate.

Literally hundreds of reporters, anchors, technical staff, and commentators have gathered to listen to the first of three debates.

Tonight's focus is on domestic policy. Moderator Jim Lehrer of the PBS News Hour has crafted the format, which includes six 15-minute segments. 45 minutes of the hour and a half long debate will focus on jobs and the economy, another fifteen minutes will focus on governing, and the remaining half hour, although not specified yet, will presumably cover such issues as education, health care, energy, and immigration.

A group of family members of the Aurora shooting victims have made a request that Lehrer ask about gun control, although we have not heard yet if that will be included in the line of questioning.

Each candidate will get a chance to respond to each question for two minutes, and then it will be opened up for some back and forth debate.

News 5 anchor Rob Quirk is in Denver tonight, and will have live reports at 5, 6, and 10. News 5 will also air a special half hour long debate special beginning at 9 p.m., right after NBC's two hour long debate coverage which begins at 7 p.m.

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