All of the debates for this election will take place from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Are you watching them or not? Who has the best chance of
winning each one?
First presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 3
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour
The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the
moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.
The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance
of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
Vice presidential debate:
Thursday, October 11
Centre College, Danville, KY
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News
The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask
an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a
discussion of the question.
Second presidential debate (town meeting format):
Tuesday, October 16
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic
issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting
participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
Third presidential debate:
Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation
The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.
Anyone care to make predictions on the outcomes? Out of four debates, I'll predict the following:
Debate one: I see Romney being strong on domestic policy and the economy, and Obama stumbling. Win to Romney.
Debate two: Ryan is a lot sharper than Biden, and it's going to be a solid win for Ryan. Win to Ryan.
Debate three: Obama may take the edge here. His favorite format is in the town hall. If Romney is careful, he may do well. Win to Obama.
Debate four: Tough to call here. Obama has the incumbency, but is weak overall in foreign policy. Romney will have to be polished. Too tough to
call, but I'm favoring Romney.
After all of his media gaffs, Romney will finally be able to present himself in a formalized setting, and give everyone the chance to see him act like
I'll predict a 6% Romney lead in the polls after the first debate. Thoughts?