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Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney will be held Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. Pacific time.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: FOX (KTVU), NBC (KCRA), CBS (KPIX), ABC (KGO), PBS (KQED), NBC (KNTV), CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CSPAN

Live Streaming Online: You Tube's Election Hub

Comic Relief: Name-calling debate on YouTube, New York Times cartoon, Democalypse 2012 from The Daily Show, Obama vs. Romney on SNL

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012

Topic: Domestic policy 
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a 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 topic.

October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy 
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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.

Get a recap of who's running in the 2012 Presidential Election and explore past debates on 2012PresidentialElectionNews.com.

Will you be watching the debates? What is the most important topic, in your opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Mark Odin October 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks for the information about the debates. I want to watch them since I feel it’s important to get more information on both candidates, and get a glimmer of what they plan to do over the next four years. I’ll be working nights at DISH, but I turned on my Hopper’s Primetime Anytime feature. Once enabled, my DVR automatically records three hours of the big four networks during primetime, which will help me keep up with what both candidates are going to say at tonight’s debate. With the theme focusing on domestic issues, I hope both candidates will share more information about what they are going to do to help the economy.

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