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Tonight is the first of four 2012 presidential debates, with only 34 days left until the election. Both candidates have been campaigning for many months, attending rallies and fundraisers, pressing the flesh, remaining constantly on message. Their political philosophies may differ, but the process of successfully campaigning is remarkably similar across parties, as evidenced by this series of photos comparing Romney and Obama events out on the campaign trail. [57 photos]

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The two candidates for president of the the United States, from left: President Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, and the Republican candidate, former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Here, Obama is speaking at a campaign event in Lions Park in Golden, Colorado, on September 13, 2012, and Romney is campaigning at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 13, 2012. (Obama: Brendan Smialowski, Romney: Win McNamee/Both photos: Getty Images)
The two candidates for president of the the United States, from left: President Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, and the Republican candidate, former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Here, Obama is speaking at a campaign event in Lions Park in Golden, Colorado, on September 13, 2012, and Romney is campaigning at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 13, 2012. (Obama: Brendan Smialowski, Romney: Win McNamee/Both photos: Getty Images)
Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Farm Bureau Live arena, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on September 27, 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, on October 1, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on September 20, 2012, en route to Florida. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #
Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama arrives to speak at a campaign event at Lions Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Golden, Colorado. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #
Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally in Denver, Colorado, on September 23, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
US Secret Service agents watch as President Barack Obama (left) greets supporters at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, on August 11, 2012. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney is surrounded by US Secret Service agents as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum on October 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Virginia, on July 14, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Mitt Romney hugs a supporter as he campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on September 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Barack Obama greets supporters at a campaign rally at Desert Pines High School on September 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (John Gurzinski/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney greets the crowd after a campaign rally at the Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 22, 2012. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, on September 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Barack Obama holds a baby during an Independence Day celebration including a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks for military members and their families and members of the administration the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 4, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney holds a baby after making a campaign stop at American Legion Post 176, on September 27, 2012, in Springfield, Virginia. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) #
Supporters hold up signs as Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally at the Henry Maier Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 22, 2012. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Supporters cheer as Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at SeaGate Convention Center in Toledo, Ohio, on September 26, 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #
A Secret Service agent perspires as he keeps watch on Barack Obama during a campaign event at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 2012. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
A Secret Service agent stands guard as Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at LeClaire Manufacturing in Bettendorf, Iowa, on August 22, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
US President Barack Obama takes a sausage sample during a visit to Usinger's Famous Sausage following campaign events in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 22, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney poses for a photo with workers as he makes an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, Colorado, on October 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Barack Obama arrives at Miami-Dade International Airport, on September 20, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney boards his plane in Cleveland, Ohio, before taking off for Boston on September 14, 2012. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) #
Supporters of Barack Obama cheer in the audience at an election campaign rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on September 27, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Supporters cheer as they listen to Mitt Romney speak during a Juntos Con Romney Rally at the Darwin Fuchs Pavilion, on September 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama embraces First Lady Michelle Obama after speaking during a campaign event at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on September 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney is joined by his wife Ann at a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, on September 22, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
Barack Obama pauses during a campaign speech at the Bowling Green State University on September 26, 2012 in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney speaks during a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at the Kent State University on September 26, 2012 in Kent, Ohio. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney campaigns at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, on September 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
Barack Obama uses an iPhone to make a phone call to a supporter during a visit to the Obama for American campaign field office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on September 9, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney works on his iPad before attending a fundraising event on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) #
Barack Obama walks on the tarmac upon his arrival in Swanton, Ohio, on September 26, 2012. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Mitt Romney is reflected on the side of his vehicle as he leaves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on September 2, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign on the campus of St. Petersburg College in St Petersburg, Florida, on September 8, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney campaigns at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 13, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama carries boxes of pizza as he arrives for an unannounced stop at a campaign office October 1, 2012 in Henderson, Nevada. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney carries boxes of pizza for firefighters in New York, on May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #
Barack Obama jokes with Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during a visit to the restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida, on September 9, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney and running-mate Paul Ryan share a laugh as they are introduced at a campaign rally at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, on September 25, 2012. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama makes a heart shape with his hands as he arrives to speak during a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 9, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney thanks supporters at the end of a campaign rally September 24, 2012 at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Pueblo, Colorado, on September 24, 2012. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama wipes perspiration from his face as he speaks in a sweltering gym during a campaign stop at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire, on August 18, 2012. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) #
Mitt Romney wipes sweat from his face during a campaign rally at Absolute Style furniture on August 12, 2012 in High Point, North Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama hugs a supporter after speaking at a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 9, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney hugs a supporter as he campaigns in Pueblo, Colorado, on September 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #
A light shines behind Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Bayliss Park, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on August 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #
Mitt Romney takes part in a roundtable discussion on manufacturing at American Spring Wire in Bedford Heights, Ohio, on September 26, 2012. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama stops to talk a greet two young supporters at a campaign event at Farm Bureau Live, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on September 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #
Mitt Romney greets supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on September 14, 2012. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) #
Mona Renee Johnson listens as Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 12, 2012. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
Supporters of Mitt Romney attend a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, on October 1, 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #
Barack Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign stop on September 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) #
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 13, 2012. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) #

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