What Time is the Presidential Debate?

Here are details on Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The debate is at Hofstra University in New York.

In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. 

This second debate between the candidates is a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience. It will focus on both domestic and international issues and will include questions from likely voters. 

Where to Watch

Here are a few of your options in the area: 

  • The Northern Virginia Tea Party is meeting at The Greene Turtle in Fairfax at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
  • The Mount Vernon/Lorton Obama campaign is hosting a party at the campaign office at 8796 Sacramento Dr. in the Mount Vernon area. The debate watch event starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Up in Arlington, Busboys & Poets in the Shirlington neighborhood has a debate watch party, as well. It starts at 8:30 p.m.
  • Arlington Republicans are meeting at Mad Rose Tavern in Clarendon for a watch party at 8 p.m.

Know about more debate watch parties? Let us know in the comments section below!

Broadcasting and Streaming Live

AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. It will also air on YouTube's Election Hub.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more.

All of the debates are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Here's more info on each:

October 16, 2012


Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

According to the CPD, "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."

October 22, 2012


Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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)

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


Watts October 15, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Newest polls from today show Obama with three point national lead going into second debate... http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/261957-poll-obama-has-49-46-lead-nationally-ahead-of-second-debate


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