The 2012 Presidential debate schedule has been set. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate three times ahead of the November election, focusing on a different topic each time. In addition, Vice President Joe Biden will face off once against Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate on the Republican ticket. The full debate schedule is below, as well as information regarding time, place, subject matter, and why each is worth watching.
October 3, 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Time: 9 to 10:30 PM EST
Moderator: NewsHour host Jim Lehrer
Place: University of Denver
Topic: Domestic Policy
Why it’s important to watch: Lehrer will begin each of the six time segments with a question, and the candidates will each have two minutes to respond. The remainder of the time will be used for discussion, and here, you can bet they’ll talk about the economy, jobs, government spending, and health care. These are pressing issues affecting all Americans, and anyone with an opinion on Big vs. Small government—or concerns that Romney and the Republicans might try to overturn “Obamacare”—should tune in.
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October 11, 2012: Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan
Time: 9 to 10:30PM EST
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Place: Centre College, Danville, Kent.
Topic: Foreign and Domestic Policy
Why it’s important to watch: Come January 2013, either Biden or Ryan will be a heartbeat away from the presidency. With this debate, they’ll use nine 10-minute segments to tackle a wide range of topics—everything from homegrown economic issues to America’s role in the Middle East, where troubles with Iran and violence in Syria remain vexing.