Presidential Debate: TV Schedule, President Obama vs. Mitt Romney

More than 50 million Americans are expected to tune in on Wednesday, October 3, and more than 200 million around the globe will be watching. Photo: Obama vs. Romney should be a feisty debate AP

WASHINGTON,  October 2, 2012 — The debates will broadcast live on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and on cable news channels C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. The debates will also be Live Stream at

Some cable shows will begin broadcasting a 8 p.m. with a pre-debate warm up, such as “The Rachel Maddow Show” at MSNBC, but all of the stations will be broadcasting the debates live, starting at 9 p.m. EDT.

More than 50 million Americans are expected to tune in on Wednesday, October 3, and more than 200 million around the globe will be watching. So it is no exaggeration to say all eyes will be on Denver tomorrow night.

Be sure to tune in for what could be an historic debate, maybe one even for the history books. And circle your calendar for the rest of the upcoming debates, all in October. 

October 3, Wednesday— 9:00-10:30 p.m. EDT

University of Denver, Colo. – Topic, Domestic Policy –

Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Director of PBS News Hour

Format: 90 minutes divided into six 15-minutes segments. First three segments will focus on the economy and the last three on health care, the role of government and governing.

October 16, Tuesday — 9:00-10:30 p.m. EDT

Hofstra University, Long Island, New York — Topic: foreign and domestic policyModerator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Analyst and the first woman moderator in 20 years

Format: 90 minutes of town hall questions, but only from undecided voters and with questions limited to domestic issues and foreign policy.

October 22, Monday — 9:00-10:30 p.m. EDT

Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida  — Topic: foreign policy

Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent and moderator of CBS’s “Face the Nation”

Format: 90 minutes divided into six 15-minutes segments, focusing on foreign policy.

Vice-presidential Debate

October 11, Thursday — 9-10:30 p.m. EDT

Centre College, Danville, Kentucky — Topic: foreign and domestic policy Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Format: 90 minutes covering foreign policy and domestic issues. The moderator will ask an opening question in each segment and each candidate will have two minutes to answer. The moderator will then use the rest of the time in that segment for further discussion of that opening question before moving on.

The Commission on Presidential Debates administers tickets for the 2012 debates. For more information go to:

To  read more about Wednesday’s debate, click and read:

How President Obama could lose the debate to Mitt Romney

Presidential Debate: How Mitt Romney could lose to President Obama  

Watch the debates from the University of Denver and join in the Communities Live Chat, tonight, right here, starting at 8:45 pm. 


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