Sen. John Kerry slammed President Bush Thursday for taking the United States into war in Iraq without enough global support, while the commander in chief said he doesn't need a permission slip from the rest of the world to protect America and its interests.

In the first of three presidential debates that could greatly influence the outcome of what's expected to be a nail-biter election on Nov. 2, Bush also said the world was safer with Saddam Hussein gone and Kerry said the real focus should have been on Afghanistan.

Who got the upper hand in the first presidential debate? We'll get reaction from Dan Bartlett (search), White House communications director, and Tad Devine (search), senior adviser for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.

Plus, how did the candidates' performance play in the swing states? We’ll ask governors from two states that are up for grabs: Govs. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., and Bill Owens, R-Colo.

And, we'll look forward to the next presidential debate showdown with FOX News Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume, and FOX News contributors: Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, and Juan Williams of National Public Radio.