Presidential Debate, TV schedule: President Obama vs. Mitt Romney, Round 2

Now that the President is on the ropes, all eyes will be on the Long Island college stage where the two men meet once again. Photo: Governor Romney and President Obama should have lots to say in Round 2 of their debates AP

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2012 — The second debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney will broadcast live, Tuesday, October 16 on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and on cable news channels C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, starting at 9 p.m. EDT. The debates will also be Live Stream at

CNN’s Candy Crowley, moderator AP

While the first debate between the two candidates attracted a TV audience of 67.2 million viewers, making it one of the most watched debates in the last 30 years, the match-up of Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan attracted only 51 million Americans, falling far short of the nearly 70 million viewers who watched the Vice Presidential debate four years ago between Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Can Round 2 in Obama vs. Romney draw a crowd? Last time out, the President’s lethargic performance and lack of defense of his positions shocked not only Democrats, but stunned Republicans as well, giving Romney the opportunity to win the night and scoring a bump in the polls. Interest should be high, but then again Americans may be debate, aka campaign, weary.

Now that the President is on the ropes and must perform at a high level to regain his momentu, avid partisans of both parties will focus on the Long Island college stage where the two men meet once again. The question on the mind of most voters will be: Who will win Tuesday’s smack down? 

Date: October 16, Tuesday

Time: 9:00—10:30 p.m. EDT

Place: Hofstra University, Long Island, New York

Topic: foreign and domestic policy

Moderator: 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.

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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