The topics for the first Presidential Debate, scheduled for October 3, have been released.

Here are the topics broken down by time allotted of the 90 minute debate:

Economy – 45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government – 15 minutes
Governing – 15 minutes

Report from CNN:

The first three of the October 3 debate’s six segments will focus on the economy, moderator Jim Lehrer said in a statement provided by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The other three segments will focus on health care, the role of government, and governing, according to the release.

Each segment is to be a 15 minute portion of the 90 minute program.

The statement also acknowledged that the topics could change “because of news developments.”

The “topics could change” but, given this debate is focused on domestic issues, I highly doubt they will. Domestically there will be few changes in the next 13 days to force a drastic alteration of this list and the campaigns wouldn’t appreciate it anyway.

Check out the complete 2012 Presidential Debate schedule for all the remaining debate details.


    • Billy: It’s worse than you think. I hear they are going to allow the candidates to drone on, rather than give short answers.

      Someone suggested that the networks post the question, printed on-screen, while they’re off rambling about their irrelevant talking points. I’d like to see that!

      • That’s a great idea – Obama never answers a question, he just does his professorial two step – stating the obvious facts and NEVER drawing a conclusion.

          • Tell me, since you are criticizing Romney for not providing a tax strategy, wouldn’t it be nice if our current Commander in Chief would at least give us a budget? Tell me, too, will Obama have his teleprompter so he can be sure to answer clearly or will we hear his usual ahhhs?

            • Actually it is the responsibility of congress to produce a budget- president to sign only. Obama is a constitutional scholar, campaigned & entered office on the premise of reducing presidential power and restoring things to the intended powers balance- which means congress writes & proposes- president approves. I personally don’t like it, but it is the constant of his administration, they don’t push legislation or budgets on Congress, only support or oppose what Congress comes up with. The issue is, with 2 years Democratic and 2 years Republican, we have gotten equally little attention or intelligence on solving issues from congress, only more campaigning and vote mongering for the cycle ahead.

              12 year term limits- a constitutional amendment for limiting US federal legislators to 12 years of maximum eligibility, abolishment of lifetime pensions. R or D – Congress is failing us. Let’s return it to the people.

            • Casey,
              You are so right! Many people don’t understand the way our three branch government works. If people want a president to do their job and what they set out to do, vote them a congress that won’t fillibuster every bill, or waste time over voting one, while not paying any attention to another of equal or more importance. So many people don’t understand that Congressional votes are important votes as well, just as if not more than, presidential votes.

            • Oh dear… you seem to have budgeting offices mixed up again. Your looking for the one with the big rotunda on the top.

            • Absolutely, Ruth! Many people don’t understand that Obama can propose a budget, and he did. But it was shot down 97-0 in the Senate with no dems supporting it. The republican House has passed a few budgets which are forever sitting on do nothing Senator Reid’s desk. The Senate hasn’t even proposed a bill in almost 4 years, and all it takes is a simple majority to pass. A budget is also filibuster proof. It’s the do nothing dems that are at fault.

      • Goethe Behr,
        Personally, I would like the candidates to have a chance to fully explain their policies. I think short answers are deceiving. The point of these debates is to give the voters policy positions. Longer answers gives each candidate the chance to contradict themselves, or present a strong arguement. If you think this is boring and droning on, you should look up the structure for the Lincoln/Douglas debates. Unfortunately, our shorter attention spans nowadays robs us, the voters, of true information rather than just lines each candidate can spark off with a smile. This is serious stuff and we face serious challenges and diversity in this country. I think we deserve to know the details of the policies that may be governing us. I’m tired of the icing on the cake answers. No one can survive on icing. Give me meat and potatoes!

        • Quite right, Robin. It’s time for a national civics lesson. If you have never read the entire Constitution and made an effort to understand its implications, you probably don’t understand the differences between how our government behaves vs. the way it’s “supposed to be done” according to our highest legal document.

    • We Can’t Remake the World with Bribes and Bombs!

      by Ron Paul:

      The attack on the US consulate in Libya and the killing of the US Ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the US tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.

      Unfortunately, what we saw in Libya last week is nothing new.

      In 1980s Afghanistan, the US supported Islamic radicals in their efforts to expel the invading Soviet military. These radicals became what is known to be al-Qaeda, and our one-times allies turned on us most spectacularly on September 11, 2001.

      Iraq did not have a significant al-Qaeda presence before the 2003 US invasion, but our occupation of that country and attempt to remake it in our image caused a massive reaction that opened the door to al-Qaeda, leading to thousands of US soldiers dead, a country destroyed, and instability that shows no sign of diminishing.

      In Libya we worked with, among others, the rebel Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG) which included foreign elements of al-Qaeda. It has been pointed out that the al-Qaeda affiliated radicals we fought in Iraq were some of the same groups we worked with to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya. Last year in a television interview I predicted that the result of NATO’s bombing of Libya would likely be an increased al-Qaeda presence in the country. I said at the time that we may be delivering al-Qaeda another prize.

      Not long after NATO overthrew Gaddafi, the al-Qaeda flag was flown over the courthouse in Benghazi. Should we be surprised, then, that less than a year later there would be an attack on our consulate in Benghazi? We have been told for at least the past eleven years that these people are the enemy who seeks to do us harm.

      There is danger in the belief we can remake the world by bribing some countries and bombing others. But that is precisely what the interventionists – be they liberal or conservative – seem to believe. When the world does not conform to their image, they seem genuinely shocked. The secretary of state’s reaction to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was one of confusion. “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction,” she asked.

      The problem is that we do not know and we cannot know enough about these societies we are seeking to remake. We never try to see through the eyes of those we seek to liberate. Libya is in utter chaos, the infrastructure has been bombed to rubble, the economy has ceased to exist, gangs and militias rule by brutal force, the government is seen as a completely illegitimate and powerless US puppet. How could anyone be shocked that the Libyans do not see our bombing their country as saving it from destruction?

      Currently, the US is actively supporting rebels in Syria that even our CIA tells us are affiliated with al-Qaeda. Many of these radical Islamist fighters in Syria were not long ago fighting in Libya. We must learn from these mistakes and immediately cease all support for the Syrian rebels, lest history once again repeat itself. We are literally backing the same people in Syria that we are fighting in Afghanistan and that have just killed our ambassador in Libya! We must finally abandon the interventionist impulse before it is too late.

  1. There is no point in debates with only Romney and Obama. Everyone already knows what they stand for and few people are satisfied with that choice. Two other candidates Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein are on the ballot in enough states to win the electoral college. Hundreds of thousands of voters gave them the right to debate by signing their ballot access petitions. The Presidential Debate Commission is disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters. Excluding these candidates from the debates is a fraud on the American public and the members of the Presidential Debate Commission are pure evil.

    • Write in Ron Paul for 2012 President is online!

      Vote and spread it like wildfire!


      A vote on principles is much better than a No Vote — and a trillion times better than voting for what one perceives as the “lesser of two evils”!

      My take:

      This election has been reduced again to voting for the “lesser of two evils” (but which one is the “lesser”?).

      All indicators point that Rmoney is the CHOSEN ONE by the NY and London Banks (the International Banksters that control the Federal Reserve) and by Israel.

      Since their goals are directly opposite to the well-being of our Nation, by deduction this Bought-And-Paid-For-Mitt-Mutton-Puppet MUST NOT win!

      [[Should Rmoney win — expect the US to start an all out war against Iran to protect Israel from a possible single atomic bomb being developed in…10 years from now…? (certainly not to protect the US from such silly and nonthreatening remote eventuality) within a week of this creature taking office.

      What’s even more worrisome, is this Creature’s Control of the GOP (forcing a fraudulent “Aye” vote at the RNC convention), thus assuring It won’t be opposed to win a 2nd term!

      Eight years of Mutton-Mitt will mean a COMPLETE AND TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE USA — when wars will be started at a drop of an Israeli Hat (sorry, meant to say: yamaka), when the US Constitution will become null-and-void, when the US Dollar will finally become utterly worthless, by a phone call from his Banker Masters (who’ll call in their chips).]]

      On the other-hand — the BO Creature will have 4 more years to further plunge us into Socialism and suck us dry through more taxation and further devaluation of the US Dollar and the attempted destruction of our Constitutional Rights.

      This creature will, however, be hampered by some republican wins in both Houses, thus having most of its venomous teeth pulled during its 2nd term.

      [[However, should the BO see itself not as a clear winner, it will assure its reelection by attacking Iran with two weeks to go (mid-to-late October) — since a “patriotic” War always guarantees the “Commander-and-Chief” a sure win!]]


      Either subhuman will get us into never ending wars and ever closer to loss of All Liberty, All Prosperity and the eventual Total End of Our Nation as Free People!

      For which “lesser evil” will you vote, now?

      I, for one (and my family and friends) will not be party to such infamy! If either of these Horrible Creatures wins, at least we’ll have a clear conscience that we did not compromise our principles by acknowledging their existence in the voting booths!

      We will vote our Conscience — Writing In Dr. Ron Paul!

        • Spot on.

          I have friends that have been advancing the Ron Paul cause on me since 08′ and the more I hear it, the more it sounds like any other political diatribe. They think that what they’re doing is high-minded and noble but is nothing more than talk from self-important assholes.

  2. I am not a betting woman but it’s better than even money that Obama will have access to the questions before the debate. Expect all of the hard hitting journalismm that we have witnessed from the lame stream media and more. I wonder if Obama will be asked about his favorite ice cream flavor…… Will follow up questions be asked by David Letterman or Ellen DeGeneres?

    • Nonsense. The debates are overseen by a commission headed by Frank Fahrenkopf, a former head of the REPUBLICAN National Committee, and former Massachusetts Senator Paul Kirk, a former head of the DEMOCRATIC National Committee.

      Their goal is to see that NEITHER candidate is hurt by any questions. The debates are run BY the two parties, and their main goal is to keep the power between them.

      Despite what Fox Noise tells you, the entire world is not out to get you, personally.

  3. As a Dutchman I will be watching the debate in the middle of the night. Can ‘t wait to see Romney stumbling on most of the topics. In november I intend to go to the American Elections night in Amsterdam. I told my wife in 2004 (after his speech on the DNC) that I saw the first black President of the USA. His election in 2008 made me very proud and as much as happy as the release of Mandela in South Africa.
    Obama 2012.

    • Wish you could offset Tammy’s vote, Ted. And Tammy – a president alone does not change our country – they need the cooperation of the senate and the congress. I hung my head in shame and disbelief after they overturned the Obama’s jobs bill for our returning vets. Nice timing, eh? It is all about politics here, not what is best for our country and our citizens. Well, I’m sure it helped get more vets to vote Obama. Thank heavens a wealthy person’s vote is of no more value than the average joe. All eligible voters need to exercise their right to vote, so hard earned by our ancestors.

  4. Check out Jim Lehr’s informative book on Presidential debates, Tension City: my view from the middle seat. He describes how he tries his best to elicit substantive responses from the candidates despite the pre-agreed upon format & the bobbing & weaving they engage in.
    You can bet that Lehr is taking his role w/ the utmost seriousnes and sense of history.

  5. I’d love to see a little debate on ‘entitlement’ and ‘victims’ and ‘parasites’. I have a pointed question to candidate Romney: Where would he be today if his grandparents were not parasite welfare recipients for two years upon their return to the US (with open arms by the way) after his great gramps ran off to Mexico with his many wives due to the federal laws against polygamy. Not saying Mitt is for Polygamy – just want to know if he thinks his grampa and daddy were parasites.

    • Nona,i’m not getting it. If they exited the country, how are they parasites? They gave up all support when the exited the country. Also I too don’t think Romney is pro Polygamy. It’s a non issue, but one that i THINK bears thought is why on earth are we bailing out all these stink’n banks Those folks are the ones that are getting all the “entitlement, too big to fail” money!

  6. I would also like his frank response to whether our veterans are parasites, whether our mentally and physically disabled are parasites, and as a democrat who has paid federal income tax every working year of my life, I’d like to compare our percentage of federal income tax paid year by year. Yep – I’m ticked off, not being one of the 47% who don’t pay income tax, I know plenty in that bracket. He pretty much insulted a large part of his own party – seniors on social security.

  7. WHY NO QUESTIONS ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY? With Benghazi-gate, and the Middle East blowing up, how can this not be included? The President for the next 4 years will have to address the economy on the edge of the fiscal cliff and the $16,000,000,000,000+ (and growing) national debt, BUT with the Middle East on the verge of exploding, we need to know what our candidates’ policies will be!

    • Suzanne, 10/3 debate is domestic policy only. Foreign policy is included in 2 debates later this month (and a third if you include the Vice-Presidential debate). Try to read stuff first before FREAKING OUT.

  8. We have a clear choice , to Re-elect President Obama to finish what he started.
    Mitt it’s a bed idea for the Country to be elected to president, if you think George W Bush made a Big mess during his presidency…. You can and will expect the WORST mess about Mitt Romney/ Brian…..Social Security and Medicare will be in jeopardy ….
    Think people do the the Math the Republicans think all of us are STUPID that is why they are not giving you specifics they want to get elected and then destroy all of our seniors and Military Veterans retirees hard work. Mitt doesn’t care about anyone but himself he is so wealthy he doesn’t need a job he wants power and control of our country to destroy it….

  9. Jamie – has it occurred to you that Mitt Romney is running for office because he is a patriot rather than a power monger as you accuse him for? I respect him for that and I hope that he wins for our benefit!

    • I agree with you Jamie. I love Mitt Romney because he gets it! I am not sure how someone could vote for Obama….I mean…do they really believe that things are better???? As Clint Eastwood said, “If someone is not doing their job…you gotta let’em go.” Obama is not a bad guy, just a really bad president:)

    • Come now. Obama for example, will be cutting social security I’m sure, but Romney will totally butcher it. I don’t like either but I prefer the lesser of two evils.

      On top of that, how can you call someone a patriot when he stashes his money overseas to avoid taxes and at thesame time let the brunt of the “taxforce” fall on the middle class? He benefited from government support in the past and he was, because of it, able to crawl out of that hole. Now he plans to blow up the bridge behind him.

      Besides the fact that “patriottism” isn’t a key factor in becoming a good president (good ideas and legislation is) you sure have an odd defenition of patriot.

      And I’m not saying Obama is the best there is to be had. He’s weak and he’s corporate owned, just like the rest of congress. But instead of putting Romney in the oval office, you might aswell let the Koch brothers decide wether the rich get a tax cut or not.

  10. Topics for discussion ideally in Presidential debates;

    Platform Essentials

    Extend regular treatment to those with less than 40 FICA credits.

    Direct all Payroll taxes to IRAs and MSAs.

    Extend Medicare to all citizens.

    Limit Medicare premiums to no more than ones FICA check.

    Means Test FICA to provide checks only to SSI qualified.

    Charge public school tuition and all healthcare bills on a sliding scale according to income.

    Have all property owners set their own property value at that amount they will gladly accept and should anyone pay that amount to the Register of Deeds then said property transfers after two months.

    Tax one hundred percent of real estate capital gains while ending capital gains taxes on securities.

    Have all public corporations pay each job a set and unchanging number of shares.

    End minimum wages and union and governmental pay and benefit raises.

    Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment replacing such with a ten percent Federal sales tax on internet purchases.

    Prime rate should match payroll tax rate.

    End net worth limits on governmental programs to encourage savings.

  11. Can the question be presented to the candidates to please explain why it is necessary to give billions of dollars of aid to other countries but we are not able to help our own citizens? School children, homeless, seniors, veterans, fixed income retired persons, etc. all told we don’t have the money to provide services they need but we can give cash away to outsiders!

  12. Could you PLEASE ask, this question related to financial issues facing the country:

    Help us understand how it is that, some candidates consider 47% of Americans to be “On Welfare” When in fact the greatest recipients of state assistance have been the banks and investment funds that were rescued from their own foolish mistakes. In other words if this is truly a Free Market Economy, why didn’t the Government let the investment companies that acted recklessly fail and then step in and help smaller diverse banks and Credit Unions take over those accounts and service them.

  13. WOW teleprompters–how can you call this a debate? What did earlier debates use? Right the candidates Brain and his ability to communicate his thoughts or plans in an intelligent fashion that all can understand

  14. That would be awesome, Lisa. That would probably work, but then again. They have themselves pretty convinced that they don’t know that they’re lying…and Tom…There weren’t any telepromters. Did you see how Obama was looking around alot…he can’t even say what he wants to say without them. He practically worships them. On the other hand, Romney kept it cool…even if he didn’t get to a clear and concise point. He did way better and now Obama is trying to rally his supporters back together.

  15. Reading the comments and you can see that both parties have people exactly where they want them. Republicans and Democrats are ready to fight each other while a large majority realize that both of these candidates are nothing but talking heads for wealthy factions that control this “Free” country.

    They have the rules changed to ensure they are in power and will continue to do so.

    More and more I realize why the South went to war. If you think it was slavery then you believe the lie.

  16. i am doing a project on the candidates and i need help,i have to think of a topic that influences people’s votes,i have to find three articles concerning that one topic from different media,write a summary of each article,write two paragraphs explaining each candidate’s view on that topic.I would love help on what topic to use and where to find the articles

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