Topics for third debate announced
October 13th, 2012
02:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Topics for third debate announced

(CNN) - Topics for the third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney were announced by the moderator and debate commission on Saturday.

Moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News has selected five topics, though the Commission on Presidential Debates said those topics could change depending on news developments.

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Similar to the first debate between Obama and Romney, the debate will be broken into six 10-minute segments.

Two of those segments will focus on the first topic, "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism," the CPD statement said.

The other regional topics are "Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan," "Red Lines – Israel and Iran," and "The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World."

"America’s role in the world" is the fifth topic. The CPD said the topics may be raised in any order.

This debate is designed to focus on foreign policy, and will be held October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Candidates will have two minutes each to answer an initial question on each topic, and the moderator will facilitate a discussion for the remaining six minutes of each segment.

But before the candidates take to the stage in Florida, they will debate on Tuesday in Hempstead, New York, at a town hall-style debate including both domestic and foreign topics, moderated by CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. The first presidential debate, held on October 3, was primarily focused on domestic issues.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. doug

    The decent Americans with good in their hearts have one question for Obama.

    How can you have a deranged, biter, angry, dishonest man full of hate and inability to show even a hint of decency, a man more angry and partisan than all of the fools on AM radio combined, one heartbeat away from the presidency?

    There was a man in Germany 80 years ago who was just like Joe Biden, thought just like him, felt the exact same way about those who oppose his views and ideology, even spoke like him, the only difference between this man and Joe Biden is a silly mustache and that man was able to carry out his wishes on his opposition. Let's how for the sake of every American right of center that Joe Biden doesn't get his chance..

    October 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Don't blame Obama if he falls a sleep listening to the drone of a lier ,romney the tax cheat and stockholder in Chinese companies!!!!

    October 13, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. CBR

    I do hope that the next two moderators keep the candidates on topic and stop them if they are not. Hopefully they will use their watches, too. The candidates need to answer the questions asked and not drift away from the topic.

    Mr. Romney is not what feisty. He is a man who is willing to change his opinions to those that will gain the most votes. He has the ability to give one idea on Monday and to change the idea on Wednesday. That way he has two ideas and you can take your choice on which one you THINK he will do.

    Mr. Ryan sticks to his ideas. He has shown he is unwilling to make compromises or to accept the views of others. A person has to show some flexibility if he is to lead. Neither of these men will do so particularly with members of the opposing party.

    October 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Willard will, as usual, bring his book of lies via the Mormon cult. This time Mr. President, bring your style, confidence, substance, poise and most of all, be ready with the FACTS and in the end, make sure YOU are the last man standing on that stage when all is said and done.

    Congratulations beforehand on your win.

    October 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney/Ryan lie about Benghazi attack when in fact security forces were requested for Tripoli, the Capitol not Benghazi and it was Ryan that denied funding; Romney said arm the rebel forces in Syria and Israel said no for fear they would shoot down Israeli aircraft, Romney/Ryan said OK with end and draw down troops from Afghan by 2014 but send in more troops, Romney/Ryan when talking about Iran agree with everything President Obama is doing and the only thing on the table is war with Iran, Romney/Ryan when asked that question will not answer. Anyone willing to put these two guys in Washington, be ready to sacrifice your sons and daughters because a war with Iran would call for a military draft. Prince Harry and Prince William both serve their country in Afghan, Romney and his five (5) sons only serve themselves.

    October 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    I'm sure mitts will continue to attack Obama over Libya.

    Just saw that Al Qaeda's top leader " praises last month's deadly attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya and calls for more protests against offensive depictions of the Prophet Mohammed."

    Guess he didn't get the word that it had nothing to do with the movie.

    October 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. NameT-hill

    Obama needs to be prepared for another buyout of the state of Florida. If the actual numbers are right because polls aren't going to jump like that otherwise. Also look for Racism to rise if romeny does win. Being black and middle class will become a crime mark my words people and wake up. Obama/Bidden 4 more years

    October 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Name w.bullock

    I am strongest belived that amercian is better off him for 4 yrs so obama movie shock nation could stop him on election day

    October 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. CanadaONE

    10 points Rmoney will
    try to make at the next debate

    1. How to out source jobs and move them to a another country
    2. How to put your money in another country and save on American taxes
    3. How to ensure that the rich pay less taxes at the expence of the middle class
    4. How he is going to safe medicare by selling it to the private sector
    5. How he going to buy Canadian oil while Canadians are going faster toward green energy – thanks for buying our sludge
    6. How you will never have to pay more than 14% taxes even if you have millions then take those saving and put them in another country so they can invested in China- the Cayman Islands does that
    7. How he will become the Mormon God if he becomes president – all churchs willl be turned in Mormon churchs – the Pope if not going to like that...
    8. How is going to kill Big Bird and replace him with Scrouge aka Mitt
    9. How he is goin to attack all countries that don't agrree with him – including England
    10. How he is goimg to buy out all media companies if they do not say what he wants – USA owned by the 1%


    October 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    So will there be a bouncer or someone to sit on Romoney if he continues to tell lies and avoid answering direct questions?

    October 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Mike

    Give Romney lots of room in the debates – the more he talks, the more he lies, His lies and flops (check out "Romney Flip Flops" on you tube or google for non-stop laughter at this man's positions) will make for the most impact in the final week ads! Give Romney lots of rope and he just hangs himself!! Imagine other countries trusting or heeding or even listening to the warmonger who is a stranger to the truth.

    October 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |