US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, 3 October 2012
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US election: Obama and Romney clash in Denver

4 October 2012 Last updated at 21:13 BST

US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have clashed over their economic plans in the first of three televised debates.

In their Denver duel, the candidates contrasted their approach on taxes, the deficit and healthcare.

Mr Obama said he would ensure Americans were "playing by the same rules". His rival said re-electing Mr Obama would continue a "middle-class squeeze".

Steve Kingstone reports.