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New York — Chuck Todd is making his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with NBC hoping to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings.

Todd opened his first show on Sunday by paying tribute to four of his 11 predecessors, including David Gregory, who was let go by NBC last month due to the ratings struggles.

He said the show will be making some changes, likening it to remodeling a house while still living in it.

But he moved quickly to an interview with President Obama, the biggest “get” possible for one of the Washington-based chat shows.

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