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Three presidential debates, one vice presidential debate planned

As it has in elections since 1988, the Commission on Presidential Debates is once again staging a series of events for the presidential and vice presidential campaigns. Here is the schedule for the 2012 election:

Presidential debates

Oct. 3

Topic: Domestic policy

Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern time

Location: University of Denver

Participants: President Barack Obama and 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.

Oct. 16

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy

Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Participants: President Barack Obama and 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.

Oct. 22

Topic: Foreign policy

Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton

Participants: President Barack Obama and 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.

Vice presidential debate

Oct. 11

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy

Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern time

Location: Centre College in Danville, Ky.

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.

Source: Commission on Presidential Debates

Three presidential debates, one vice presidential debate planned 09/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:39pm]

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