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Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

Tonight the vice presidential candidates have it out. Find out when the next matchups are scheduled and what the topics are.

Nearly 60 million people tuned in Oct. 3 to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Looking for somewhere local to watch the event? Join the North Oakland County Republican Club and Troy Clawson Republican Forum at the Iroquois Club in Bloomfield Hills from 7-11 p.m. The event is free, and is sponsored by the party's six county-wide candidate campaigns. There will be a cash bar and the debate will be televised on a large projector screen.

There will be three more debates before election day on Nov. 6. Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD):

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012 - COMPLETE

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

The debate focused on domestic policy and was divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics selected by the moderator, including health care, government's role and the deficit.

Lehrer opened each segment with a question, after which each candidate was given two minutes to respond. The candidates used the remaining time to discuss the topic.

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 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, NY (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Gov. 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, Fla. (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Gov. 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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