Sep 30, 2012 11:55 AM by Matt Stafford

Obama, Romney: Rivals with little personal history

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2008, one of the people who reached out to the couple was newly elected President Barack Obama.

The call was one of the few personal interactions between Obama and Romney.

Even as their political fates have become more entwined, Obama and Romney have had little opportunity to connect directly.

When the political rivals stand alongside each other during Wednesday night's debate in Denver, it will be their first face-to-face meeting in nearly five years.

They have offered kind words about each other in their roles as father and family man.

But most of their descriptions during the campaign have been far less complimentary, and that may be the case in the debate, too.


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