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Romney adviser seizes on Biden quote about "buried" middle class

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

For 90-minutes, Wednesday night, the American people get to hear from President Barack Obama, and Governor Mitt Romney, uncut and unedited. And, as one senior adviser told KTIV, both sides are deep into debate preparations.

Barbara Comstock, Romney Senior Adviser says, "Governor Romney is focusing on the issues that are the most important to the American people." By focusing on jobs, first, Romney senior adviser Barbara Comstock is confident the former Massachusetts governor will make a strong first impression Wednesday night. Barbara Comstock, Romney Senior Adviser says, "Middle class Americans, as Joe Biden said, today, have been buried over the past four years."

Just 24-hours before the first presidential debate, Biden gave Republicans bulletin board material about the middle class. But, listen to the whole soundbyte as delivered to a crowd in North Carolina. Joe Biden, Vice President says, "The middle class was buried by the polices of Romney and that Ryan supported."

In the meantime, both sides are avoiding the "expectations game" before the Denver debate. Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate says, "In my view, it's not so much about winning and losing or even the people themselves, the President and myself, it's about something bigger than that." While the president is confident, he's not underestimating the competition. President Barack Obama says, "Governor Romney is a good debater. I'm just okay."

The president hasn't debated since the 2008 campaign. Senator John Kerry has helped him prepare when his schedule will allow. Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts says, "The President has a day job. The President is the president and has not had the time to practice. All we hear about is Mitt Romney is practicing, practicing, practicing everywhere he goes."

In Ohio, early voting got underway Tuesday. Iowans have been casting ballots since last week. With some votes already in, and a dwindling number of undecideds, do debates matter? Barbara Comstock, Romney Senior Adviser says, "Oh sure. They definitely do because it's the one chance where you are really able to talk directly to the American people, and tell them about your vision for the future."

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