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Updated: The 2012 U.S. Presidential Debate Final Schedules and Full Videos

October 6, 2012 (TSR) - The dates and venues have been announced and finalized for the 2012 Presidential debates between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney as well as the date for the Vice Presidential debate and therefore we are giving you a full overview of the events the next four weeks. We will update this post as we progress so we have them in one big documented format for future easy access.

Tickets for each debate are controlled by the Commission on Presidential Debates and are extremely limited since the debates are primarily produced for television. The majority of tickets are distributed to host university students and faculty through a lottery system. Please click the “Tickets” link next to the college name listed below for further information if you wish to acquire them.

Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others. For those who are not able to watch, each debate will be streamed live online.

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OCTOBER 3, 2012: FIRST DEBATE IS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES

Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

This debate focused on domestic policy and was divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics which was selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator also opened each segment with a question, after which each candidate had two minutes to respond. The moderator used the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

Here is the full debate, no commercial ads and annoying other distractions, just pure verbal sparring for your enjoyment and personal analysis.

Important note: Fox News had the highest rating during the first debate.

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OCTOBER 11, 2012: SECOND DEBATE IS BETWEEN THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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.

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OCTOBER 16, 2012: THIRD DEBATE IS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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.

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OCTOBER 22, 2012: FOURTH AND FINAL DEBATE BEFORE 2012 NOVEMBER ELECTION

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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.


 

 

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