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US students stage mock Obama v Romney debate

3 October 2012 Last updated at 03:41 BST

With the first of three presidential debates approaching , high school students from Fordham Preparatory School in New York took to an imaginary podium.

Playing the roles of President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney, Mark Marzziotti and Rohan Georges Mishra, both 17, argued over everything from the auto bailout to foreign policy.

A watching audience of their classmates had their say as well, trying to work out whether or not Mr Romney was able to identify with American voters.

Produced by the BBC's Ben Bevington and Franz Strasser.