Presidential debate: Give us your feedback

President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will face off for the first time Wednesday night.

The much-anticipated debate — the first of three scheduled — will start at 6 p.m. local time. It should be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as cable news channels such as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

The 90-minute session is expected to focus on the economy, with additional questions on health care and “the role of government,” according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

We’re anxious to get your reactions to what the candidates are saying. Share your reactions to the debate as it unfolds via Twitter by using the hashtag #cvelection in your tweets.

We’ll be watching with you and will feature your tweets in our live debate coverage. A selection of your best tweets may also be included in Thursday’s MyDesert coverage of the debate.

If you want to watch the debate with some like-minded friends, both the Democrats and the Republicans are hosting parties Wednesday night.

– Local Democrats will be at the Stadium Club Sports Bistro in Rancho Mirage, 69-640 Highway 111. Doors open at 5 p.m. A $10 donation is requested.

Reservations: (760) 328-9425

– The Palm Springs Republican Women Federated will be at the Palm Canyon Roadhouse in Palm Springs, 535 S. Palm Canyon Drive. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for guests.

Reservations: (760) 837-7072