What Time Is the Presidential Debate?

President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney will discuss foreign and domestic policy.

President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney will meet in the second of three presidential candidate debates on Oct. 16.

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What time is the presidential debate?

The debate begins at 9 p.m. EST

What will the debate cover?

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.

Other details

Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

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There will be one more presidential debate prior to the election:

Oct. 22, 2012

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

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