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WATCH: Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is 8 p.m. CDT Oct. 3.

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The first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is 8 p.m. CDT Oct. 3. Check below for more information on that debate and the rest of the debates leading up to Election Day.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: FOX (KMSP), NBC (KARE 11), CBS (WCCO), ABC (KSTP), PBS (TPT), CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CSPAN

Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub

Live Chat with Minnesotans During the Debates: Northfield Patch Presidential Debate Live Blog

College Debate Watching Parties: Students involved with the St. Olaf College Political Awareness Committee will take in the year's first presidential debate in a viewing gathering. The event is not open to the public. The CarlDems are also holding a watching party at Carleton College.

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

October 3, 2012
Topic: Domestic policy 
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific 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.

Get a recap of who's running in the 2012 Presidential Election and explore past debates on 2012PresidentialElectionNews.com.

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Rodney Madden October 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Why are there no Republican Moderators?

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