The Atlantic published an interesting blow-by-blow account of what Mitt Romney will do as soon as he gets on stage at the debates in Denver tonight.

9:00p.m. ET: Debate starts

Seconds later: "As soon as he gets on stage ... he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium," Ann Romney tells CNN's Gloria Borger.

Seconds after that: Romney "writes 'Dad' on the piece of paper," Ann says, to remind him that he "Doesn't want to do anything that would not make his father proud."

Seconds after that: "And then he looks in the audience and he finds me. He has to find where I am. And– he just– he needs just that connection," Ann says.

Go read the whole thing.