Debates announced for presidential general election
Then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain participate in the third presidential debate at Hofstra University on October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York.
October 31st, 2011
03:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Debates announced for presidential general election

(CNN) - The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday the dates and locations of the three presidential debates, as well as the vice presidential debate, set for October 2012.

See the list and criteria for the debates after the jump.

Wednesday, October 3
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Thursday, October 11 (Vice presidential debate)
Centre College, Danville, KY

Tuesday, October 16 (Town meeting format)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Monday, October 22
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

Two of the sites - Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York - hosted debates in the 2000 and 2008 election cycles, respectively.

Election Day will fall on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

As for criteria, candidates "must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College," in addition to meeting the Constitutional requirements for the presidency, according to a release from the commission.

Candidates must also have at least 15% national support, as determined by the average data from five national public opinion polling organizations selected by the commission.

Debate moderators will be selected in the summer of 2012.

Following the announcement, President Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina released a statement.

"The President looks forward to next year's debates. Once the Republicans have selected their candidate, we will work through the details with their campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates," Messina said.

– CNN's Gloria Borger and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Ally

    Hofstra university is proud to have this honor again and I am so Exicted to see it !!! Go pride

    October 31, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Awesome

    If Ron Paul does decide to Third Party, at least he'll be included in the debates!

    A 15% threshold is nothing considering the high disapproval of both Obama and the GOP field!

    I think we may actually see a serious 3rd Party contender this time around...

    October 31, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The President looks forward to next year's debates.
    ------------------------
    Tell the truth: The President CANNOT WAIT for next year's debates!
    Neither can we.
    Obama will sweep AND mop the floor with whomever the Last Clown Standing turns out to be. That would include Huntsman by the way.

    October 31, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After flipping, then flopping, Mittens has been debating himself for two years, so it will be hard to figure out what he stands for.

    October 31, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Mike

    If I was Osama I mean Obama I would be worried that the only real chance the democrates have to win miss Hilary does not enter the race. If she stays out then he has no chance. I could run against him and win. His economic policy has failed he has made our enemies bolder and is out of touch with reality!

    October 31, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul will not be a third party candidate. Rove and the Kochs have chosen Mittens, and the lack of support for Paul's Libertarian postions would not get him on the ballot is a number of states.

    October 31, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mike, you really need to add delusional to your resume. Maybe you get a comedy gig on the Fox splice and editing station.

    October 31, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. R

    Oh look, they're setting up dates for politicians to do what they all do best – talk. I'm not one to wish my life away, but there's a part of me that wishes it was October of 2012. At least I would know that all this garbage is almost done.

    October 31, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Kala

    Obama will eat whomever the GOPee puts on that podium. And they know it, that's why they are so undicided about who will get their nomination. None of those bumbling idiots stand a chance in a debate with Obama.

    OBAMA 2012

    October 31, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Fred Fascist

    If I was Rommel, I mean Romney, I would avoid debating someone who is not in the master race,

    October 31, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. DIANA

    If Romy wins the nomination, all Obama would need to do is stand and watch with the rest of us as he debates himself on all of the issues. He's flip flopped so much I don't think he knows what he stands for anymore.

    October 31, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Can't wait to see Romney try to pull his slickster used-car salesman act while trying to defend his slavish devotion to the neocon deathcult's proven policy failures like deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich. "Corporations are people too" doesn't exactly resonate with the 99%ers.

    October 31, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I can see Mittens flip flopping right there on the debate floor....like a fish out of water gasping for oxygen.
    You better study up Mittens, or you'll be three-times passed over fish fry in 2012.
    Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!

    October 31, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Gino Martell

    President OBama will make us all proud. Sorry can't say the same for the GOP side.

    October 31, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I'm looking forward to it. I wonder if we'll have another "that one" moment. :)

    October 31, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |