Denver braces for presidential debate crush

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DENVER (AP) -- The national political spotlight is again on Denver as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney meet in their first debate.

Romney has been in Colorado since Monday. The president arrives Wednesday afternoon.

Drivers are being warned that Interstate 25 through much of southern Denver will be closed for five hours because of the debate at the University of Denver. The closure has commuters scrambling for alternate routes or mass transit, with many deciding to work from home or call in sick rather than fight the crush of journalists and political types.

The university expects protesters and interested observers to gather outside the debate. The debate will be shown on screens in the "DebateFest" area for people who didn't get tickets, and The Lumineers are scheduled to perform.

Watch parties are planned around the state, including two here in Grand Junction. Obama for America supporters are hosting one at the OFA office at 2454 Highway 6 & 50, Suite 112 at 6:30 p.m.

The Colorado Romney Campaign will gather at Fly'n Roosters at 6:30 p.m.

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