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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Past hits and misses

  More on debate hits and misses from the past:

Televised presidential debates: How important are they?

  How important are televised debates in this year's presidential election?
  The conventional scuttlebutt going around is that Republican Mitt Romney will have to score some big blows in the presidential debates this month if he hopes to defeat President Barack Obama Nov. 6. The first televised debate is Wednesday night.
  However, a video from Buzz60 by Jay DeDapper suggests that televised debates seldom change the course of an election, but listed what he feels are three moments in debate history that did.