DENVER The issues that have dominated television advertising in up-for-grab swing states were all but absent from President Barack Obamas first debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Instead, Obama and Romney sparred on spending, taxes and the role of government.
No one mentioned the you didnt build that comment that quickly became a favorite Republican attack after Obama said it to an audience in Virginia. Nor did anyone invoke the 47 percent of Americans who Romney said in a hidden-camera video dont pay taxes and see themselves as victims.
Neither candidate discussed Obamas endorsement of gay marriage or his decision to halt deportations for some young illegal immigrants. And no one brought up Romneys strong criticism of unions, either.