DENVER, CO (CNN) - Heading into Wednesday night's first presidential debate, both tickets are lowering expectations.
Not wanting to set the bar too high, President Obama and Governor Romney will take the stage in Denver with cautious optimism.
Final preparations are underway in Denver, Colorado for Wednesday's presidential debate.
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will square off in their first of three showdowns. This week's debate will focus on domestic policy with a heavy emphasis on the economy.
Romney says it's not about who comes out on top. "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. These debates are an opportunity for us to describe the pathway forward for America that we would choose."
While the President is confident, he's not underestimating the competition. "Governor Romney is a good debater. I'm just okay."
Romney may have the advantage. During the primary season, he participated in several debates. This time around, his prep team has been gearing him up for a one-on-one face-off. "Just getting used to the cadence of how you carry the questions back and forth, how the single moderator is going to be controlling the debate between 2 candidates."
Obama has not debated since the 2008 campaign.