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Jim Lehrer Announces Topics For 1st Presidential Debate



    The first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, which will take place Oct. 3 at the University of Denver, is supposed to be about domestic policy. PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer, who will moderate, has released the following list of topics:

    • The Economy – I
    • The Economy – II
    • The Economy – III
    • Health Care
    • The Role of Government
    • Governing

    There is, however, a caveat. The topics are “subject to possible changes because of news developments.” This happened in 2008. A debate that was supposed to be about foreign policy took place immediately after the Wall Street crash. As a result, the first half of the discussion was about the economy. That hurt Sen. John McCain and helped Sen. Obama.

    Here is a complete list of scheduled debates and topics:

        Vice presidential debate:
        Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m. CST
        Centre College, Danville, KY
        Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News

        Second presidential debate: town hall meeting format on foreign and domestic policy
        Tuesday, October 16
        Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
        Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union

        Third presidential debate: foreign policy
        Monday, October22
        Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
        Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation

    More information is on the Commission on Presidential Debates website at www.debates.org.