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Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney was held on Oct. 3. Find out when the next ones are scheduled.

Nearly 60 million people tuned in on Oct. 3 to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

There will be three more debates before election day on Nov. 6. Here's the schedule: 

 

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012 - COMPLETE

Topic: Domestic policy 
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Easter Standard Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate focused on domestic policy and was divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics selected by the moderator, including healthcare, government's role and the deficit.

Lehrer opened each segment with a question, after which each candidate was given two minutes to respond. Then the two candidates used the remaining time to discuss the topic.

October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy 
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

October 16, 2012

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

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TELL US: Will you be watching the debates? What are hoping to hear from the candidates? Tell us in the comments.

Richard Poulton October 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Quick question. Who picks the questions to be asked? Are they made up by the moderator themselves or from an unknown panal of others???? I ask this for if you look at the networks and moderators, all are from liberal left leaning, anti republican stations.
Julie Weisberg October 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Richard: If I remember correctly, at the beginning of Wednesday night's debate, Jim Lehrer said he chose the questions and discussion topics himself. You can find more information about presidential debates here http://www.debates.org. That's the site for the Commission on Presidential Debates. Hope that helps!
Richard Poulton October 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Thanks Julie, you answered my question and I refer back to my first comment.
Hansa Junchun October 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
We need to be asking debate questions to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, particularly about her massive bailouts to the criminals on Wall Street, paying off her biggest campaign donors --ambulance-chasing tort lawyers --with opportunistic laws like the Ledbetter Act, and her gifts of hundreds of billions to the agro-corporations. Didn't know that about Rosa? Well, NOBODY knows Rosa or her positions. She is a genius at empathy, but a total dodge when it comes to policy and its consequences. Nobody remembers she voted for TARP to bail out the biggest, richest bankers and reward them for killing our economy? Oh, she moaned about it, and complained about the vast bonuses those Wall Street crime lords took out of tax payer money. What did Rosa do about it? NOTHING! She did nothing! Rosa blew a lot of hot air, but let the Wall Street mafia steal our houses and tax money and reward themselves with the most profitable years in banking history! And Rosa was rewarded, too. In the years 2009 to 2011, Rosa magically tripled her net worth, grabbing $4 million, while the rest of us lost 40% of our wealth. According to her office, she was worth $6 million in 2011. What does that mean? She gets paid $150,000 a year. How does she go from $2 million in 2006 to $6 million in 2011? Its called being a hypocritical servant of the 1%! Rosa was instrumental in Wall Street's crime spree in 2008! She deserves NOTHING from us!

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