The new trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s epic period piece, ‘Lincoln’ premiered during the first presidential debate.

While President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debated domestic policy, those tuning in ABC, CBS, or CNN got a sneak peak at Abraham Lincoln arguing about slavery and the Constitution with his cabinet.

The trailer begins with images of various civil rights leaders throughout history, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln narrates while the images run. “We’ve shown that people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere,” he says. “Shall we stop this bleeding?”

It looks like Day-Lewis has hit another home-run with his performance as Lincoln. Day-Lewis perfectly adopts the look, voice and gestures of the United State’s most beloved president.

Lincoln’s declarations for peace are punctuated with intense battle scenes that illustrate just what is at stake.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field co-star in the sweeping drama that is sure to garner award nominations.

Day-Lewis took home an Oscar in 2007 for his performance as Daniel Plainview in ‘There Will Be Blood.’

‘Lincoln’ hits theaters on November 16.

Check out the new ‘Lincoln’ trailer below: