Debate Countdown: What Will YOU Be Watching For?

It’s coming!  The all-important first Obama-Romney debate is just days away. We’ll have previews and features but we need to know what YOU will be watching for.

The topics for this first encounter will be:

Economy45 minutes
Health Care – 15 minutes
Role of Government - 15 minutes
Governing - 15 minutes

Please help us by adding your questions/ideas in the COMMENTS.  And share this so others can join the conversation!

We’ll also offer links to Causes stories relevant to issues raised in the debate as they emerge. For starters here are links to some of our topic pages: Voting Rights, Health Care,  Government, EconomyJobs,  War on Women, Women, Civil Rights , Climate Change ,LGBT Rights, Education, Energy , Economy , Science , Animal Rights

Here’s the whole schedule – but please, scroll down and send us your ideas!

October 3, 2012 in Denver, CO Topic: Domestic policy. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time - Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS), who 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.

October 11, 2012 in Danville, KY Vice Presidential - Topic: Foreign and domestic polic. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time   Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)m who will ask an opening 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 question.

October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, NY Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time –  Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent) This debate is a town meeting; citizens (undecided voters chosen by Gallup)  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.

October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL Topic: Foreign policy  Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)   The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

Please share your own questions below.

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Steve L.
Steve L.8 months ago

Political debates are boring and I usually show less interest to listen to those interviews. But when Obama is speaking he does have the power to make his audience listen to him and speak sensible which entertain all types of listeners. Thanks.

Steve L.
Steve L.8 months ago

It is always boring to watch politicians on debates, but Obama is different. I never miss any of his debates or talks which I get a chance to miss. He is a wonderful person and very genuine too. I love listening to him. tripleplay Thanks for sharing the info.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the share!

Emefa Dekonor
Emefa Dekonor5 years ago

Remember it's politics and no excuse for spiteful remarks about people; I'll be sad to lose arts funding and NPR over here as well as welfare; I have seven children and it has helped me in this interim to start a custom craft and jewelry business and as I create; I know that my children will eat and I can pay the rent and utilities if times are tough and business slow.. I feel for those that do not understand that in my world there is not fraud! it's the real deal; plus what about the vagueness around Medicare? what's really going on? By the time I am a senior will it exist? will i be on the streets for lack of care when ill? who would I turn to for support and what about the education of my children and grandchildren? are they just going to still be given mediocre education as the rich grow richer and poor poorer? I know there is no middle ground in these politics although there is plenty of grayscale talk and subsequent action...what will the underdogs (average people) do here? Couldn't we just rise up like ants? is that so hard to fathom? Thank you for the time and patience. Peace

Justin M.
Justin Mears5 years ago

It is deeply disturbing how many comments are focused on how bad the other guy is. They are both entrenched in the two-party power structure that is locked into upholding the hegemonic oligarchy of elite corporate power.

I will be watching the debate on Link TV where Amy Goodman will be hosting an expanded debate with Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein and Justice Party candidate former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was invited but had other plans. The debate will also be livesteaming at

Also on the website is a great segment from today's Democracy Now! broadcast with Open Debates founder and executive director George Farah, who lays out the takeover of the debates from the League of Women Voters by the two parties and corporate sponsored Commision on Presidential Debates:

James Holland
Elizabeth Keenan5 years ago

Romney says that although he paid very little taxes, he held strictly to the letter of the law in avoiding those taxes.

The 47% he claims paid no taxes, also held to the letter of the law. Why does he think it's ok for him, but not for anyone else? I would like to see him try to answer that one.

Actually Storek, I don't blame Bush for everything you listed - I blame you. And everyone else who let the Bush administration get away with lying, and still defend them.

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

Obama being held to subject instead of deflecting and dodging, no favorable "spins" until later when they can be seen for what they are, AFTER watching the entire debates; to finally be able to see the "transparency" of Obama's own personal goal: to get reelected and go down in history as a transformative president who turned America into a European-style democratic-socialist welfare state, effectively downsizing and restricting freedoms whenever, however and wherever the opportunity presents.

Rosemary Tramantano
Muhtesem Demirag5 years ago

someone sent me a comic strip with Dorothy, the tin man, scarecrow and lion. '' So you have no brain, you have no heart, and you have no courage!'' she said ''So you must all be politicians! ''

Jude Hand
Judith Hand5 years ago

I signed a petition asking for fact checkers at this debate. Wouldn't that be wonderful? I'll be watching body language.

Faither Jo H.
Jo Ellen H5 years ago