Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds
July 25th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
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Presidential debates to focus on foreign, domestic policy and undecideds

(CNN) – The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the presidential and vice presidential debate formats for this fall's election season which includes both traditional moderator formats and a town hall of undecided citizens.

There will be three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate beginning in October. All debates will take place between 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET.

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Unlike some of the Republican primary debates earlier this year there will be no opening statements. The candidates will be given time for a two minute closing statement in all of the debates.

Domestic policy will be the focus of the first presidential debate which is scheduled for October 3 at the University of Denver. It will be divided into six time segments of about 15 minutes per topic, which will be chosen by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate. Following the moderator's opening question, the candidates will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the remaining time in each segment for a discussion of the topic, according to the commission.

Foreign and domestic policy topics will be covered by the only vice presidential debate. It is scheduled for October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The debate will be divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each followed by the same question-answer format as the presidential debate.

Undecided voters, chosen by the Gallup Organization, will ask the candidates questions regarding foreign and domestic policy during the second debate. In the style of a town meeting, this event will be on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each of the citizen's questions with an additional minute for the moderator to direct the discussion.

The final presidential debate's focus will be foreign policy and will take place on October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. It will have the same format as the first presidential debate.

In all debates, except the second presidential town meeting with undecided voters, the CPD recommends that the candidate be seated at a table with the moderator.

Moderators will be announced in August.

In a program to be announced later this month, the CPD said it will undertake a voter engagement program using the internet to educate voters and encourage citizens to become familiar with issues and share input with the moderators before the debate.

Commission co-chairman Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michale D. McCurry said the debate formats are a result of an extensive study by the CPD board of directors.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    The world will finally see just how truly ignorant and deceptive Willard is.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    July 25, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. USA

    ROMNEY LIES ONCE AGAIN......he planned for this to happen and now that he got cault ...he lies about it and try's to cover it up...

    "adviser" to Romney. The newspaper said the person requested anonymity because the Romney campaign did not want to be seen as criticizing Obama to foreign media outlets.
    "We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special," the adviser is quoted as saying. "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."

    July 25, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. ge

    i see adelson jumped on a plane to isreal to walk his boy romney ,won,t want him to say some thing stupid and mess up his iran thing,or haliburton pulling there money out .

    July 25, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Romney the Puppet Liar will be caught in more lies during the debates.

    July 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Toby McDooogan

    Yep. Let's not focus on the economy. That would be bad for Obama.

    July 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    There had better be a balance between liberal and conservative "moderators" and not the usual stacking of the deck by the leftwing MSM. They ALWAYS target the Republican candidate and serve up softballs for the Democrat. I'd like to put up George Will, Glenn Beck, Hannity, Rush as the top four conservative moderators. The left can do the same.

    July 25, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |

    Let's get Obama elected in Nov so we can continue correcting the total mess the Grand Obstructionist Party left him. You can't fix broke 4 yrs, especially when half your team is playing for the other side.
    The GOBP has no viable candidate, no platform, no policies, no vision, no future and no chance in Nov.

    July 25, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |

    Well the foreign policy will be a loser for romney the clown ,he only knows about foreign policy in the Cayman islands Bermuda and swiss banks !!!

    July 25, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Dad Clark

    "domestic policy" aye? B. O. Appointed la raza vice pres cecilia munoz to be "SECRETARY OF DOMESTIC POLICY"! b.O. Appoited hilda la raza solis to be "SECRETARY OF LABOR"! he appointed "thomas" la raza perez to assistant attorney general! 44 la razaites were put into key positions to shape american policy against us and further the invasion. he stacked the govt against us as much as he could. whats REALLY going on? it couldnt be more obvious, dont believe it? Better check yourself

    July 25, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Mashed Potato Bulletin

    This will be when the game changes. This is when the public will see how truly unprepared Romney is for the presidency.

    July 25, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    At least the President has something to show (no thanks to the teapublikkans in congress) for his efforts.
    What does the bully bishop has to show? Jobs outsourced to other countries, lying and not showing us what his taxes really are, animal abuse, bullying a gay student, going to do two years of his church work and staying out of Vietnam (same as his five sons who skirted the question when asked very well thank you) retroactively retiring from a position he held from 1999 to 2002 to pretend he didn't fire American workers; saying that corporations are people and he likes to fire people and the poor have a safety net (full of holes at present but who cares about the poor, right willard?).
    Car elevators in his soon to be built mansion. A ballet horse that costs more than some people make in a year and he and his non working wife get $77,000 tax break on said horse.
    I could really go on and on but I get bored seeing, hearing and writing about this piece of nobody.

    July 25, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to get the "minor" parties on these debates. People need to know about more parties that are out there. It would be nice to see other parties exposed to the country.

    July 25, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. rererooks

    Romney on foriegn policy? This is going to be good. OBAMA 2012

    July 25, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. enuff

    Maybe we will finally get to hear about the possibility of a far Romney has avoided all discussion of policies of any kind. By the way... why are foreign countries being allowed to influence our elections? Why is he campaigning outside the U.S. – EXCEPT to use it as a tax deduction and get foreign bank's money.

    July 26, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  15. Miroslava

    Romney is a (political) disaster happening, as he speaks...

    July 26, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  16. Roy

    Romney's for President of Lies, Distortion and Hate. The President of no details, just hate Obama...No spine, just hate Obama. This man is a worthless robot of the Tea Party...When is he ever going to tell the truth about anything, His taxes, His business, when was governor , his faith and his detailed vision for America. Instead he lies and distort others, like he did in the primary. I deal with many republicans who say he has no spine and that he is worse than John Kerry (And they cannot stand or trust him) . MITT STOP LYING TO AMERICA. GIVE AMERICA YOU DETAILED PLAN IF YOU HAVE ONE TO STICK TO.

    July 26, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |