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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 9 p.m. Find out where to attend a debate viewing party, see it on TV and chat about it online.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: FOX 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN.

Live Streaming Online: Watch on HuffPost Live

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

Local Live Viewing Parties:

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012

Topic: Domestic policy 
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Easter Standard 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: 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.

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

John Gruber October 03, 2012 at 10:21 PM
If I want to watch the equivalent of a couple of teenage girls lying to their parents I'll turn on MTV. These debates are a complete waste of time.
Tony G October 03, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I think it's finally time that The Patch upgrades to at least 8 Obama ads on all of their pages here. I mean, with only 4, I'm not sure who to vote for, so when they have maybe 7 or so, then I'll get the message that voting for Obama is REALLY important and I'll vote for him. Don't you all feel the same way? And by the way, Aren't Michelle's arms sooo hot?? How could you NOT vote for "them"? I feel like I'm on the DNC blog here. Too bad it's rigged.......
Sophie7 October 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
too much blabbing...pay attention to the time allowance. Who do I want at the helm? President Obama all the way. I love him, i trust him....Mitt has some salient points..but honestly, he scares me. Something is not right and the idea of him in office, no. I think not.
John K Massaro October 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Tony, it all comes down to who's paying for the ads. It's not a choice. It takes money to run this site. On a small news website such as this, someone gives you a check for some ad space, you take it, you don't let personal politics stand in the way. Obama's team wrote a check for ad space,m Romney's team did not. Problem is, it's apparant that Romney considers The Patch readers to be a part of the 47% of Americans that he doesn't care about...
GLENN October 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
LOL......very funny!

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