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State party leaders weigh in on debate

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With the stage now set in Denver for the two men vying to lead the country for the next four years, Mississippi's political party leaders say what matters most is that Mississippians pay attention.

It'll be the first face-to-face meeting between President Obama and his Republican Challenger Mitt Romney.

"I think it matters in terms of excitement, voter turnout and energy," said Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef.

Nosef says what happens at the debate can have far reaching impacts.

"Listening to what the two candidates say and the choice that we have is very important and really it might be one of the most important debates that we've had in a presidential cycle in decades," said Nosef.

"It's our duty to be engaged and informed," said Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole.

Cole says debates are important at every level of politics, especially when it comes to who will be living in the White House.

"It's a way to inform yourself as a voter. It's one of those opportunities to get past the TV ads and the sound bites and actually get to the meat of the issues," said Cole.

They may agree on the importance of the debate but politically it's a different story. With their candidates endorsed, both have high hopes for their choice in a president.

"We look forward for Mitt Romney to explain to the American people what he's going to do but also hold President Obama accountable for the last four years and the results of the last four years," said Nosef.

Cole argues the president has a good record to stand on and just needs to maintain his presence.

"I believe if he would ask Ronald Reagan's question are you better off now than you were four years ago, for most of us the answer would be yes," said Cole.

With the debate focused on domestic policy, ranging from the economy to healthcare, Nosef and Cole say appealing to the interests of all voters will make a difference.

Wednesday night's debate in Denver is the first of three scheduled debates.

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