2012 Presidential Debate Schedule: Candidates to Square Off Four Times Starting Wednesday

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With the election just 36 days away and still very much up for grabs, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will debate three times starting this Wednesday.

Vice President Joe Biden will also take on Rep. Paul Ryan next week.

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Will any of the highly-anticipated showdowns be a game-changer? Hard to say, but they will be closely watched, heavily spun and analyzed in tremendous detail.

Here's a look at this month's finalized 2012 presidential and vice presidential debate schedule, including dates, times, locations, moderators and formats ...

First presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Topic: Domestic policy
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS's "NewsHour"
Format: "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," according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. "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."

Vice presidential debate: Vice President Joe Biden vs. Rep. Paul Ryan

Topic: Foreign and domestic topics
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Centre College, Danville, Ky.
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News
Format: "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."

Second presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Topic: Foreign and domestic issues
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
Moderator: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN, and anchor, CNN's "State of the Union"
Format: "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."

Third presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Topic: Foreign policy
Date: Monday, Oct. 22
Time: 9 - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator, "Face the Nation"
Format: "The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy."

Who are you leaning toward November 6?

 

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I've heard enough form both Obama and Romney to convince me that I should be Voting for Gary Johnson.

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@ Rdenison

Obama made a GRAVE error Wednesday in believing his own hype and allowed Romney to kick the door open heading into the final month of the campaign. Obama can never get back the moment in which he, by underestimating his opponent and overestimating himself, allowed Romney to become a plausible alternative.

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@ Rdenison

Good, vote for him, I dare you, that's a vote taken from Obama.....

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@ Rdenison

People like u have ruined the chances of real Presidents. Just like Ross Perot. Your a loser and need to find the tallest building.

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