Presidential Debate 3, TV schedule: President Obama and Mitt Romney square off one last time

More than 65 million people turned in for the last debate, so the number of voters glued to the TV could hit the 70 million mark this time. Photo: President Obama and Governor Romney share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Al Smith Dinner AP

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2012 — On Monday night, October 22, at 9 p.m. President Obama and Mitt Romney have one last chance to go at each other. And you know they will come out swinging. With only two weeks to the election on November 6, every jab will count.

This time they will not be able to dance around the ring like two boxers as they did in Debate 2 on November 6. They will once again be confined to their podiums as they were in Debate 1.

While the town hall format was obviously friendlier to President Obama’s style in Debate 2, this format seems to be more conducive to Romney’s game. But with Obama, you never know. His presidency is on the line. He lost a lot of ground with the electorate in the first debate and while he made up a lot of ground in the second debate, he needs a decisive win this time, if not a knock-out, one that leaves Romney on the ropes, dazed and confused.

More than 65 million people turned in for the last debate and 67 million for the first debate, and the number of voters glued to the TV on Monday is expected to edge towards the 70 million mark this time around.

So break out the Junior Mints and Juju beads and be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat for politics at its best, when the two men battle for the soul of America.

Date: October 22, Monday

Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. EDT

TV  and Cable Stations: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and on cable news channels C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Place: 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.

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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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