A little about Maddow, Hannity
Can you provide some background on Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity?
Rachel Maddow, 39, is the host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. She's liberal in political outlook, but says she doesn't think of herself as a supporter of President Barack Obama. She's also a gun enthusiast and is writing a book on the role of the military in postwar politics.
She was born in Castro Valley, Calif., graduated from Stanford in 1994 and earned a doctorate in philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 2001. She began a radio career in Massachusetts, branched out to TV in 2005 and landed her show in 2008.
She and her partner, artist Susan Mikula, live in Manhattan and western Massachusetts. They met in 1999 when Mikula hired Maddow to do yard work, and their first date was at a National Rifle Association "Ladies Day on the Range" event.
Sean Hannity, 50, hosts Hannity on the Fox News Channel. He is unabashedly conservative and a consistent critic of the president, Democrats and liberals.
He was born in New York City and dropped out of New York University and Adelphia University. His first radio show was in 1989, as a volunteer at the college station at the University of California Santa Barbara. He then landed a job in Athens, Ala., and moved up to an Atlanta station in 1992, where he caught the ear of Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes. He quickly added TV to his resume, most notably with Hannity & Colmes, a conservative/liberal give-and-take that ended in 2009 and led to Hannity. In addition to TV and radio, he has also written three New York Times bestselling political books.
He has been married to Jill Rhodes since 1993, and they have a son and a daughter. They live on Long Island.
The presidential debates
When and where are the presidential debates?
The Commission on Presidential Debates has issued the following schedule for three debates between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney:
• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9-10:30 p.m., the University of Denver in Colorado. Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS News Hour, will moderate.
• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 9-10:30 p.m., Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent for CNN and anchor for State of the Union, will moderate.
• Monday, Oct. 22, 9-10:30 p.m., Lynn University in Boca Raton. Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of Face the Nation, will moderate.
There is also a debate scheduled between Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republic vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday, Oct. 11, 9-10:30 p.m., Centre College in Danville, Ky. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate.