Here are the Details on Tuesday's Presidential Debate

Elmhurst College is the place to be for the second debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled for 8 p.m. central on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The debate will be run in a town meeting format, with topics including domestic and foreign policy.

Debate watching party: Elmhurst College will host a debate vieweing party in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. A post-debate discussion will follow, with Brian LaVaque representing the Democrats and Rafael Rivadeneira representing the Republicans. The discussion will be moderated by Elmhurst College Political Science Professor Connie Mixon.

LaVaque is involved with the DuPage Democrats and most recently finished a term as suburban vice chairman for the Cook County Young Democrats. Rivadeneira is president of the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly.

Preceding the presidential debate, the college will welcome Joe Walsh, the Republican candidate in the 8th Congressional District. Walsh will appear at a Meet the Candidate event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Blume Board Room of the Frick Center.

Elsewhere in DuPage County: Leslie Coolidge and the DuPage Democrats will host a debate watching party at Ramada Inn, 780 North Ave., Glendale Heights. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. 

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and the DuPage GOP will host a debate watching party at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Medinah Shriner in Addison.

Broadcasting live: AOL will provide a live stream of the debate, as will YouTube's Election Hub. The debate also can be found on all major television networks, including ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN Espanol and more.

Below is more detailed information on Tuesday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

October 16, 2012


Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 8-9:30 p.m. Central Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Gov. 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 the moderator will get an additional minute 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: 8-9:30 p.m. Central Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Gov. 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."

Doremus Jessup October 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
My prediction, Obama will change tactics tonight like Rocky Balboa when he went from his week hand to his strong hand and Romney will look like he got hit by a truck.
Ralph October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
My prediction, Obama will add a few smirks and awkward laughs to coincide with how out classed he is. With no Teleprompter, 50/50, and no Phone-a Friend he'd be better off skipping it all together.
P A October 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Oh, so wrong Ralph! Town halls are Obama's strong suit. The debate also showcased how hard it is for Romney to avoid temperamental outbursts when things aren't going his way. He isn't entitled to alter facts any more than he's entitled to be President. Whether he admits it or not, Romney's plan will eliminate the popular deductions that help the middle class the most. His plan to eliminate taxes on passive income like interest, dividends and capitol gains will help higher income brackets but, will do nothing to help those whose income is earned from salary. If a person doesn't have much capitol to invest in passive income producing vehicles, this plan doesn't help them a whit. I have sold a business and paid taxes on capitol gains so, I know how it works. I still support President Obama's economic plan because it is a balanced approach to solving our tax issues and address the deficit. Burdening the middle class to give tax benefits to the wealthy (the so called "job creators") did not help our economy before. When we ALL get a fair chance to succeed and prosper, we ALL benefit.


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