Ninety minutes before the debate, the spin room and media filing center at Washington University in St. Louis were buzzing with activity. Networks were live on air with pre-debate coverage, and reporters, producers and journalists of all kind were running around with last-minute preparations. After the debate, these areas would be flooded with campaign surrogates and media, but an hour and a half before the debate reveals the calm before the storm. (Andrew Merica/MNS)