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Pre-Debate Info: It is indeed “Come to Mama” Time!

2012 Presidential Elections & Topics.

Topic: Domestic policy
Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host, NewsHour PBS)

The debate is divided into 6 time segments, approximately 15 minutes each.
Topics / Moderator’s Choices:
Economy – 45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government – 15 minutes
Governing – 15 minutes

More on the debate:

Lehrer will ask a question; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have two minutes to respond. Lehrer “will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.”

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.

All of the details come from my “Farmers Almanac” Web site, “2012 Presidential Elections” with its encyclopedic links to news, blog posts, and videos of recent appearances, including both Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s interviews aired on both CBS’s 60 Minutes and Univision. The site also posted Paul Ryan’s Fox News interview on September 30th.