PBS NewsHour Debates 2012: A Special Report

The NewsHour presents live coverage (90 minutes) and analysis (30 minutes) of the presidential candidates’ debates.

This week: The third Presidential debate focuses on foreign policy. Bob Schieffer moderates. 

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Wednesday, October 3, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado: Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS NewsHour, moderates the first debate. The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced 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.

Thursday, October 11, Centre College in Danville, Kentucky: NewsHour presents live coverage (90 minutes) and analysis (30 minutes) of the vice presidential candidates’ debate. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News, moderates the debate from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine 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.

Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York: Candy Crowley CNN chief political correspondent and anchor, CNN’s State of the Union, moderates the second presidential debate, which will take the form of a town meeting. Citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Each candidate 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.

Monday, October 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator, “Face the Nation,” moderates the debate. The debate will focus on foreign policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced 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.

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