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Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will face off against each other in a debate on Oct. 11.

The first vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan will be held Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Find out where to see it on TV and chat about it online. The next presidential debate is Oct. 16.

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

Debate Transcripts: Miss the first debate? Read the transcript here.

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 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.

Dennis O'Neill October 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I'm working in Japan so everything happens in the middle of the workday or the middle of the night. We have to settle for the "distilled" version when we get home.

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