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Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

The second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney will be held Oct. 16 at 9 p.m.

The first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama - which focused on the economy - was on Oct. 3 and two more remain. Vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will also debate. 

Comic Relief:  

Name-calling debate on YouTube

New York Times cartoon

Democalypse 2012 from The Daily Show

Obama vs. Romney on SNL

See the Presidential Debate Schedule below:

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 on Oct. 3 and will focus on foreign policy. 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.

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

Alex Tytler October 06, 2012 at 11:18 AM
How about a conservative moderator? Mike Wallace perhaps? Very one sided, although we steamrollered Jim Lehrer.
Liam Heller October 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
We'll never see a "debate" between these two. They have nothing to argue about. Nothing to compare. They're politically identical. 1. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported TARP. 2. Mitt Romney supported Barack Obama's "economic stimulus" packages. 3. Mitt Romney says that Barack Obama's bailout of the auto industry was actually his idea. 4. Neither candidate supports immediately balancing the federal budget. 5. They both believe in big government and they both have a track record of being big spenders while in office. 6. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both fully support the Federal Reserve. 7. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both on record as saying that the president should not question the "independence" of the Federal Reserve. 8. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both said that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did a good job during the last financial crisis. 9. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both felt that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deserved to be renominated to a second term. 10. Both candidates oppose a full audit of the Federal Reserve.
Liam Heller October 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
11. Both candidates are on record as saying that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has done a good job. 12. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both been big promoters of universal health care. 13. Mitt Romney was the one who developed the plan that Obamacare was later based upon. 14. Wall Street absolutely showers both candidates with campaign contributions. 15. Neither candidate wants to eliminate the income tax or the IRS. 16. Both candidates want to keep personal income tax rates at the exact same levels for the vast majority of Americans. 17. Both candidates are "open" to the idea of imposing a Value Added Tax on the American people. 18. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the TSA is doing a great job. 19. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the NDAA. 20. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the renewal of the Patriot Act.
Liam Heller October 07, 2012 at 01:57 AM
21. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the federal government should be able to indefinitely detain American citizens that are considered to be terrorists. 22. Both candidates believe that American citizens suspected of being terrorists can be killed by the president without a trial. 23. Barack Obama has not closed Guantanamo Bay like he promised to do, and Mitt Romney actually wants to double the number of prisoners held there. 24. Both candidates support the practice of "extraordinary rendition". 25. They both support the job-killing "free trade" agenda of the global elite. 26. They both accuse each other of shipping jobs out of the country and both of them are right. 27. Both candidates are extremely soft on illegal immigration. 28. Neither candidate has any military experience. This is the first time that this has happened in a U.S. election since 1944. 29. Both candidates earned a degree from Harvard University.
Liam Heller October 07, 2012 at 01:57 AM
30. They both believe in the theory of man-made global warming. 31. Mitt Romney has said that he will support a "cap and trade" carbon tax scheme (like the one Barack Obama wants) as long as the entire globe goes along with it. 32. Both candidates have a very long record of supporting strict gun control measures. 33. Both candidates have been pro-abortion most of their careers. Mitt Romney's "conversion" to the pro-life cause has been questioned by many. In fact, Mitt Romney has made millions on Bain Capital's investment in a company called "Stericycle" that incinerates aborted babies collected from family planning clinics. 34. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the Boy Scout ban on openly gay troop leaders is wrong. 35. They both believe that a "two state solution" will bring lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel. 36. Both candidates have a history of nominating extremely liberal judges. 37. Like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney also plans to add "signing statements" to bills when he signs them into law. 38. They both have a horrible record when it comes to job creation. 39. Both candidates believe that the president has the power to take the country to war without getting the approval of the U.S. Congress. 40. Both candidates plan to continue running up more government debt even though the U.S. government is already 16 trillion dollars in debt.

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