As you may know, we’ve had the 2012 Presidential debate schedule available for a few months but just yesterday, the Commission on Presidential Debates released further details including the topics and question format of the three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.

We will keep the presidential debate schedule page updated throughout October with all the details you’ll need including broadcast channels and complete videos of each debate after they air.

Debate Schedule: 2012 Presidential Debate Schedule

Report from the Washington Times:

Organizers of this fall’s presidential and vice-presidential debates announced Wednesday that they are overhauling the format to allow for more in-depth discussion of policy issues.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said that three of its four debates this October will include time blocks of as long as 15 minutes during which candidates will debate a single topic.

Traditionally, the debates have employed a more rapid-fire approach that has featured more questions but less time for follow-ups and detailed discussion.

“There are serious issues facing this country and the public has the right to expect a serious examination of those issues during this fall’s debates,” CPD co-chairmen Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry said in a statement. “The CPD believes this can be accomplished best by focusing big time blocks on major domestic and foreign topics.”

Each debate will last 90 minutes and begin at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Moderators will be selected and announced next month.

The first presidential debate will be held Oct. 3 at the University of Denver and will focus on domestic policy.

The moderator will choose six topics, each of which will be discussed in a 15-minute segment. Candidates will each have two minutes to answer a question on the topic, followed by a discussion lasting the remainder of the segment.

The lone vice-presidential debate will be held Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and will cover nine domestic and foreign policy topics, each for 10 minutes at a time.

A presidential town hall forum will be held Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., during which candidates will take questions from undecided voters in five-minute segments.

A presidential foreign policy debate — identical in format to the Oct. 3 debate — will be held Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

I am glad to see a little updating in the debate format. The “rapid-fire” questions don’t give candidates ample time to elaborate and respond fully on a topic. Candidates are often reduced to the same sound bites and lines they’ve used in campaigning. I think the more follow-up questions and length of time provided to answer important topics, the better.

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  1. Doesn’t much matter the format. As Robme said during the GOP debates, he doesn’t care what the question is, he’s going to just deliver his prepared speech. . . .

    • a series of questions with yes or no answers might be a better format but most voters have no idea what programs like TARP were all about. What % would you guess know what the Fed does?

      • Billy:

        I’m not sure even the Fed knows what it does.

        But, as for the public. . .

        3% think the Fed manipulates interest rates
        5% think the Fed lends money to banks
        17% think the Fed is short for the FBI
        28% think it has something to do with feeding people
        59% think it delivers packages that absolutely, positively have to get there.

        (The numbers don’t ad up to 100 because we’re talking about the Fed.)

        • Right but like I said most have no idea and those that know just say will we do need the federal government for defense. They just don’t have a clue and that may be the reason we are heading down the same road as Greece.

          • Government is the antithesis of Logic.
            Professional Politicians use sophism, idiotism, subterfuge, obstruction, lies, deceit and so forth…to obfuscate what Logic dictates!

            This particular subhuman — Harry Reid — will use all of the above NOT to allow a vote THIS Session, claiming there are already too many other issues to be voted on (in the hope that after the election, in the NEXT Session ‘Audit the Feds Bill’ would have lost impetus, and he would be able to navigate away from ever being brought to the Senate Floor at that time)!

            The reason why All Americans need to contact this Traitor (who wants a secret private organization to control our money FOREVER UNCHECKED) and call his BLUFF!

            Allow the Bill to go to Senate NOW — or we’ll guarantee the destruction of your political career LATER, “Dear” Harry Reid!

            Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – Contact Information

            Phone: 202-224-3542
            Fax: 202-224-7327
            Toll Free for Nevadans ONLY: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

        • Hang ‘Em High!

          In this episode, Max Keiser presents a double header with co-host, Stacy Herbert, to discuss crime and punishment in the financial sector.

          In London, JP Morgan banker, Tony Blair, has responded to the Keiser Report with his claim that hanging 20 bankers will not help and that, in fact, he asserts, public anger with the financial crisis is wrong. They also discuss the ‘blazer over cuffs look’ being the new black this season as Sean Fitzpatrick is arrested in Dublin, while over in Pennsylvania, Joe Paterno’s statue is draped in blue tarpaulin and hauled away as bond investors punish the university with higher rates and Moody’s threatens a downgrade.

          Finally, in Los Angeles, victims of vandalism are shocked to discover that it was a senior UBS banker who was smashing windows with a slingshot.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7oDRzPyMk&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&index=2&feature=plcp

  2. Audit the Feds!
    (THEN END THEM!)

    Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may not allow a vote on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act before the session is over. Pressure must be put on the Senate, especially Mr. Reid, to have a vote on this critical legislation. He alone can prevent a vote from happening. However, enough pressure can make this happen.

    What you need to do:

    1. Call Senator Harry Reid (D.C. office number listed below). Demand that the Senate Majority Leader allow a vote on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.

    2. Call your Senators. Demand that they not only support the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, but that they also demand the Senate Majority Leader allows a vote.

    3. Continue to call, frequently, until either your Senator’s office and/or Harry Reid’s office confirms their support for the audit and/or Harry Reid will allow a vote to take place.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – Contact Information

    Phone: 202-224-3542
    Fax: 202-224-7327
    Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

  3. Attention All AMERICANS — the Hussein Obama wants the UN to take your guns away, on his behalf!

    Clever way by The BO to bypass the 2nd Amendment by signing a UN Treaty that will allow them (the UN) to confiscate your small arms!

    Sign this Petition!!!!!!!!!!!

    And also, try to get someone to petition Congress to SHUT DOWN the UN Criminal Organization (at least, have the USA EXIT these international thugs, and have their NY Office closed)!

    http://petitions.conservativeactionalerts.com/5270/tell-congress-obama-no-small-arms-treaty/

  4. LOL! The Joke is on the American people. They don’t have a CLUE on what a “serious” issue is – just what the Media tells them is a serious issue! LOL!

    “There are serious issues facing this country and the public has the right to expect a serious examination of those issues during this fall’s debates,” CPD co-chairmen Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry said in a statement. “The CPD believes this can be accomplished best by focusing big time blocks on major domestic and foreign topics.”

    Obama and Romney are the SAME! The most serious issue facing the American people is the Federal Reserve System – and Romney and Obama both support it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RbXIoB6di5Q#!

    Only the Economically Illiterate will vote for either one of these guys. I will “write-in” Ron Paul…

  5. Video: The most HONEST 3 and a half minutes of TRUTH.

    I wonder if the “Presidential Reality Show” (Debates) will be this HONEST. I doubt it because BOTH PARTIES caused this mess – and NEITHER PARTY or CANDIDATE will fix this mess! It’s Status-Quo all-the way!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw

    • DT. Yeah. Last week, Obama defended “Obamacare.” Imagine if he started calling it Obomneycare. Willard would be buried. There’s no response to that.

      • Neo-Con, Willard Mittens Romney wants to start ANOTHER War in the Middle East. He will be visiting Israel to say that Iran is in his sights. This “chicken-hawk” wants to send our young American men and women into a Nation which did nothing to us – to fight and die fighting Israel’s battles once again.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/27/mitt-romney-israel-iran-strike?newsfeed=true

        Ron Paul is right. There is no end in sight by the Neo-Cons for continuous perpetual unprovoked WARS of Aggression!

        Obama is no better. He’s a Neo-Con, too.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfmTdp10PA

        • I think all the GOP candidates were in favor of war with the exception of Johnson and Paul.

          • Billy: Yeah, a sad lot, that.

            I get a kick out of the
            “War is not the answer”
            bumperstickers, since ALL
            the candidates (other than
            Paul and Johnson) say,
            “War IS the answer–
            what was the question again?”

            • It’s what the voters want to hear and unless they say it there is little chance of getting elected. It’s the old, “I’m big on education, tough on crime, and all for lower taxes for all” Ask them how they are going to pay for it and they come up with something like a small tax on tanning salons.

              As for Israel, just think of how little security would be needed at the Olympics if there was no Israel. Hey if there were no Israel the whole DOD would be out of business for the most part. Well we would still have all the phantom enemies but they don’t kill too many real people anyhow.

            • Billy Malone

              The “hijacking” of Religion for Oil

              I believe its much more than that. I truly don’t believe that the “Puppet Politicians” say what the voters “want” to hear – but rather they “spew” the propaganda distributed by the people (Elitists) who control the Money, the Government and the Media in order to keep the Status-Quo of World Domination chugging along. In other words, its the Elitists instructing the Government to instruct the Media to instruct the voters on what they “should” want to hear. It’s called Propaganda and Movements were created to get the job done – and they do this through Patriotism, Nationalism and Religion.

              The Neo-Con Movement’s strategy has always been to “hijack” Christianity, which they’ve successfully accomplished. Likewise, their sister Movement, the Mossad Party in Israel, has “hijacked” Judaism. Why? Because the Elitists “covet” the Oil of Islamic Countries.

              It’s all part of their Campaign for World Domination. Get to the Religious by “hijacking” their Doctrines and Dogmas – and they’ve got clear sailing. The Neo-Cons and the Mossads send out their propaganda DAILY to the “hijacked” voters saying that Islam has been “hijacked” by Radicals in order to put their Plan of World Domination in play. Thus, they have justifications for unprovoked bombings, unconstitutional invasions, numerous covert operations and civilian mass murder – all designed to “blame” Islamic Government Regimes and to topple them – thus “forcefully” acquiring their natural resources – OIL. But its the Christians and Jews who’ve been “hijacked”.

              When (and if) religious voters get their heads out of their Arses and go back to their Doctrines and Dogmas of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” – and begin to start thinking for themselves, then we’ll have Peace, Harmony and Democracy in the World. First they have to ADMIT they’ve been “hijacked” by the Neo-Cons and the Mossads to believe the propaganda from the Government and the Media in telling them what-to-think – instead of what God says that they should believe.

            • “first they have to ADMIT they’ve been “hijacked” by the Neo-Cons and the Mossads”

              now that’s the part that is very unlikely.

        • It is no secret that Israel DETERMINES our foreign policy. When Netanyahu was here last time, he came right out and SAID, “our foreign policy IS your foreign policy.” Can’t get any bolder (and audacious) than that!

          Anyway, you’re right Robme is, basically Israel’s “Manchurian Candidate.” Maybe they want to determine our domestic policy, too.

    • In a local newspaper blog I stated, That the FED has created a system where by ” People who will not turn a shovelful of dirt nor contribute a pound of material will collect more money from the United States than will the people who supply the material and do the work.” Right I got jumped on with both feet by the readers who all thought the quote was from RP. They were wrong as the quote was from Thomas A Edison.

  6. What a disservice to the country that the Commission is only including the two major party candidates, I speak specficially of excluding the Green Party candidate, someone who is a very viable alternative to the Dem & Rep coorporate-bought condidates. The American voter should be outraged about the monopoly the DemoPulbicans have. The American media should also give other viable party candidates equal space and time to let readers and viewers knkow there are alternative.
    Don’t be shy. Consider all of the candidates.

    • Trouble is most voters think the green party is the EPA and they are not going to conciser putting the EPA in charge of the nation.

  7. “Mitt Dewey” is not going to beat Obama. The only way the GOP took back the White House after FDR/Truman was to pick a popular general. The GOP ought to draft Petraeus in 2016.

    Actually, Robme reminds me more of Filthy Rich New England Governor Nelson Rockefeller–who ran and ran and never won.

    Willard is even more of a “Nelson” name than Nelson!

    HAH-hah!!

      • Billy:’

        Har. Yeah. Wells Fargo runs the stage coach line and should be able to limit baggage. But the thing is, Willard’s buddies own everything, so the rules shall not apply to him.

          • Billy:

            Didn’t during the GOP debates. Willard said, I don’t care what question you ask, I’m going to deliver my canned speech. At least he admitted that he didn’t care about the rules.

            With a long-format debate (allowing them to drone on for as much as 15 minutes), the entire nation will be asleep halfway through.

            • Close enough for sure, I think it went something like you can ask any question you want and I can answer it any way I want.

            • Yeah. Same thing. Imagine getting a straight answer in shareholer’s meeting with this guy.

            • But the gullible voters get duped again and again but always come back to the same guys for more.

            • Billy: There are two reasons for that.

              First, most people continue to belong to the political party of their parents. They just don’t think about it. And they hear the propaganda of WHY their party is different from (and better than) the other, and they can’t imagine voting for the bad guys.

              Second, because of that, they also don’t consider third parties, because if they vote for Ralph Nader, for instance, W will beat Gore. Or if you vote for Perot, Clinton will beat Poppy Bush.

              Third, the media are only interested in the horse race and since the Green Party and the Libertarians are not likely to compete seriously, they only report on the front-running horses.

              It’s not that people are stupid, they’re just programmed. And you can hardly blame them, as noted above, if you vote for a third party, the worse party will win. History says so, going back to Teddy and his Bull Moose Party. So don’t be so hard on ordinary people–they’re doing the best they can.

            • Sorry but they are 16 trillion dollars in debt and last time around elected a black politician from Chicago to “change” things. They got what was expected by a few of us. More of the same, much more of the same. No. Ms Behr, the worse you treat them the better they like it. However, I would say Romney could and would but worse than Obama as I value human life a little ahead of money. Romney would place little if any value on human life over money.

            • Billy:

              Please cut the Ms. Behr stuff. It is not funny. It is insulting and annoying and unnecessary. Now go sit in the corner.

  8. Hmmmm. . .

    The GOP is not officially stuck with Willard yet. Let’s take another look at his claim to be a “businessman.”

    He was born rich, with a silver spoon in his mouth. He knew he’d never have to work a day in his life, and it would be impossible for him to be a “self-made man.”

    Went to college, got a college deferment to stay out of Vietnam. When they started dropping college deferments, Willard suddenly became a “minister.” This was during the war in which his dad said he was “brainwashed” by the generals.

    Then he just “joined” Bain Capital. Didn’t start in the mail room or as a janitor. And what do they do? They tear apart American companies, suck out the value, and spit them out, without creating or producing anything. Hardly consider that “business.” The opposite of a “job creator.”

    Then he ran for the U.S. Senate. WHAT? Not dog catcher, not mayor, not county commissioner. Willard decided to run for, arguably, the second most important office in America. But he stayed at Bain, since he knew it was just a lark.

    Then he claims to have quit Bain, but continued as president, ceo, and ONLY shareholder. Continued to draw a $100,000 salary for what he claims was no work at all.

    While president, ceo and only shareholder of Bain, he also became the president and ceo of the Salt Lake City Olympics. Again, he just walked into it–thanks to the Mormons of Utah. (“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”) And what is the Olympics? It’s an event that costs the local economy a LOT of money, which is never recouped. And the goal? Internationalism. Spending local money to celebrate the North Koreans, Iranians, et al. And whose face was in the photos, news stories, and even buttons? Praise Willard.

    Ran for governor. Again, the most important office of the Commonwealth (state). He couldn’t out-liberal Kennedy as senator, but he was able to out-liberal O’Brien, saying he was a “progressive,” not a Republican. And, of course, he bought the election, paying a record SIX MILLION BUCKS of his own money for votes. Yep, he’s JUST like you and me.

    You can ask Billy about Willard’s success as governor. And then, suddenly, he thinks he deserves to be president. Yeah, of the UNITED STATES.

    There’s still time to dump this guy, and wouldn’t he be surprised!

    • Ron Paul to WIN — or America to END 2012!
      (there are no other options!)

      All REAL Americans, and ALL People around the world— that believe in Liberty, Peace, Prosperity, Honesty, Truth, Goodness and Self-determination —are for Ron Paul.

      President Paul wants to save our Nation and heal the World, and desires nothing for himself — making him a True Patriot (unlike the megalomaniacs that want The Presidency, so they can get a bigger pie, and engorge themselves further at the people’s expense — marking them as Leeches on the path to suck US dry)!

      Ron Paul has awoken the Sleeping Giant that is We, The People! We are growing in numbers and our voice is no longer distant thunder — but a Roaring Storm that’s approaching and eventually will wipe out the PUPPETEERS that have stolen Our Nation!

      We are the MANY, while the Criminals in Power, that want to control us, are the FEW (and their subhuman squeals are getting weaker)!

      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xq3BYw4xjxE)

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