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The Most Watched Debate in Decades

The first Presidential debate this week drew an estimated 67.2 million viewers making it the most watched Presidential debates in decades, according to data from Nielsen.

An estimated 67.2 million people watched Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama debate Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate on Wednesday, October 3. […]

Viewership to last night’s debate was up 28 percent compared to the first presidential debate in 2008 between then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.

The last time more than 67 million people watched a Presidential debate was back in 1984. This Presidential election has been marked by relatively weak enthusiasm and an unusually large percentage of voters unsatisfied with the choices, but that apparently hasn’t translated into people simply tuning out the election. Many Americans are engaged in the election even if they are disappointed with it.

Mitt Romney clearly chose a good day to finally step up his game.

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at