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Key details of the 2012 US presidential debates
AFP
Denver, Colorado, October 03, 2012
First Published: 09:19 IST(3/10/2012)
Last Updated: 09:23 IST(3/10/2012)

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are preparing to square off Wednesday night in the first of three prime-time debates. Tens of millions of Americans are expected to tune in.

Here are the key facts and figures about the face-to-face showdowns that could shape the presidential campaign down the stretch to election day on November 6.

All debates are coordinated by the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Each debate starts at 9:00 pm eastern time (0100 GMT) and runs for 90 minutes.

First presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 3 at University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado.

Moderator: Jim Lehrer, executive editor for PBS NewsHour.

Format: Six 15-minute time segments each focusing on one issue. Moderator asks an opening question, and candidates have two minutes to respond. Remainder of time used for discussion.

Topics: The US economy  health care  the role of government governing.

First and only vice presidential debate:
Vice President Joe Biden v. Romney's running mate Paul Ryan.

Thursday, October 11 at Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky.

Moderator: Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News.

Format: Nine 10-minute segments. Moderator asks an opening question, and candidates have two minutes to respond. Remainder of time used for discussion.

Topics: Domestic and foreign issues.

Second presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 16 at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York.

Moderator: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN.

Format: Town meeting, in which citizens -- undecided voters selected by polling group Gallup -- ask questions. Candidates each have two minutes to respond.

Topics: Domestic and foreign issues.

Third and final presidential debate:
Monday, October 22 at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Moderator: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News.

Format: Identical to the first debate.

Topics: Foreign policy.


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