Topics for first presidential debate announced
September 19th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Topics for first presidential debate announced

(CNN) - Half of the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be focused on the economy, the debate's moderator announced Wednesday.

The first three of the October 3 debate's six segments will focus on the economy, moderator Jim Lehrer said in a statement provided by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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The other three segments will focus on health care, the role of government, and governing, according to the release.

Each segment is to be a 15 minute portion of the 90 minute program.

The statement also acknowledged that the topics could change "because of news developments."

The debate will be held at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. It will be followed by two other presidential debates, and a debate between the vice presidential candidates.

- CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger contributed to this report

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Clark from Canada

    comments wiped out again CNN – don't want to hear what those outside the US have to say??
    @USS Columbia
    Either you are being extremely sarcastic or you are a complete and utter IDIOT>
    Cause , if you'r serious, your comment is devoid of even the slightest bit of sanity!!

    September 19, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. maineAH

    This is going to be a good debate. Either candidate could win this debate. Romney does a better job on the economy, while Obama does a better job among the middle class.

    September 19, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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