Presidential Debate Schedule Set

For those of us who just can’t wait to see President Barack Obama and whomever wins the GOP nomination battle it out on stage, the dates are set:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the University of Denver.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Monday, Oct. 22, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida

The vice presidential debate has also been scheduled, and will be held on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Now, all we need are some topics for the events.  And, of course, a Republican candidate.

photo credit: Chuck Kennedy, White House Photostream


Jo G.
Jo G.3 years ago

Many Americans count on the debates to make their decision. If all of the viable candidates are not on the stage I suspect this American tradition will exist no more after this election.

Did you know that there is a third candidate (Gary Johnson) and possible a fourth (Jill Stein) who are also a viable choice for President but will be excluded from the debates unless you speak up?

I was appalled when I read the debate criteria on -- The first two criteria are fine: "Constitutional eligibility, and on enough ballots to mathematically have a chance to win" ... but the third criteria is ABSURD!: "Must achieve 15% in popular polls". Everyone knows it is impossible for a candidate who is consistently excluded from the popular polls to achieve ANY percent! The popular polls consistently include only the two major party candidates. Aren't you angry that you're being deprived of considering all the viable candidates who will be on all the state ballots?

Diane H F.
Diane H F.4 years ago

One big loss is that from (especially) since Clinton, post-employment Americans have been cut out of the public discussion. Financed by years of massive annual tax cuts, corporations have built factories and offices around the world, exporting hundreds of thousands of our jobs. Clinton ended the entitlement to poverty relief for all those left behind. Many are left out - there simply are no jobs for them. Many simply have no means of self-support, not because of anything they did, but because of 30 years of bad government policies. Calling for job creation is good. We've been doing that for some 30 years now. But until those jobs appear,
how can we just keep turning our backs on fellow Americans? Trying to restore the middle class while ignoring poverty is pointless. It's like putting fine new shingles on the roof while ignoring the crumbling foundation -- that house will collapse, new shingles and all.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

I find President Obama to be a good man, a very intelligent man, a good family man, a caring man, A very knowledgeable man, a man who works very hard. so he is not the lesser of two evils. He has accomplished so much even with the obstruction of the "Hell No" party. I will be volunteering for him, as well as donating to his campaign for reelection in 2012. He needs more Democrats elected who will work with him.

It is awful that the tea party will not vote to pass the American Jobs act. They need to be voted out. And the people who will work for the American Worker voted in.

It is a fact that a third party candidate will surely elect another George W. Bush as it did when Ralph Nader decided to be a third party candidate. And we know what happened after that.

Diane H F.
Diane H F.4 years ago

It is unlikely for a either party to have someone run against their own sitting president.

Eric Lees
Eric Lees4 years ago

Are the Democrats going to have any challengers to Obama for the 2012 Democratic nomination?

I think it would be healthy for them to at least have a challenger that would take Obama to task for not following through with his campaign promises. Is there a an honest Democrat that has some bite to their bark?

And yes the 2 party system is broke (really only one party). They have a monopoly on the political system in this country with all the money involved with creates a huge barrier to entry for other parties.

@Frances C. That is only because we continue to vote for the lesser evil of 2 choices.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas4 years ago

steve r. for once i agree with you, but only in theory. until BIG MONEY is removed from politics, independent and third party candidates don't have a chance of mounting a meaningful campaign against the over financed political machines of the 2 parties. citizens united HAS to be overturned. money can't be equated with free speech and corporations can't be considered people. we need to start off by banning lobbiests and all special interest campaign contributions, corporate, business, union all special interest. we need to put a cap on the amount of money politicians can raise and spend on a campaign.hundreds of millions of dollars have to be raised to run a presidential campaign that is obscene and immoral. until REAL campaign finance reform is passed taking the big special interest money out of politics and drastic caps on the amount raised and spent, independent and third party candidates will never be able to compete with the dems and reps. the best an independent or third party candidate can do is be a spoiler to one of the two major parties.

Diane H F.
Diane H F.4 years ago

Incidentally, a funny thing I notice through the years is that regardless of reality, the corporate media will brand a candidate as "unpopular" when it isn't the one they want, and "popular" when it is -- even when the "unpopular" candidate has a higher public approval rating than the one adored by the media. Of course, that's an old propaganda trick. If the media keeps repeating that Candidate A is "unpopular," few will vote for Candidate A, even if that's the one whose platform they support. If the media began saying, "Ice cream is unpopular," ice cream sales would plunge.

Diane H F.
Diane H F.4 years ago

A question that I've been asking for several years that remains unanswered: Not everyone can work, and there aren't nearly enough jobs for all who need them. Years of giving corporations huge tax cuts, always for job creation, have left us with a fraction of the jobs, at worsening wages, and much deeper poverty. My question: What should we do about our poor?
They can't pay the rent with promises of eventual job creation.

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady4 years ago

I love a good debate.
Looking at the GOP field,I am forced to conciede the fact that we will all be disappointed next year when the republican canadate, whoever he is, has to face a real Statesman.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

They should pit Obama against Diane O. in a debate, a full hour of Diane uttering yimina yimana yimina, duh huh duh huh.....