The presidential debates begin on Oct. 3 with a focus on domestic policy.
In all, there will be three debates between Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.
There also will be one debate between Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Democratic incumbent Joe Biden.
The networks planning to broadcast the debates live include ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as a CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, C-SPAN and others. Web viewers also will find live-streaming coverage.
The Oct. 3 domestic policy debate takes place at 9 p.m. EST at the University of Denver in Denver, with Jim Lehrer, host of “NewsHour” on PBS, moderating.
The debate will be divided into six segments of about 15 minutes each on topics selected by Lehrer. He’ll open each segment with a question, give each candidate two minutes to respond and then use the balance of the time for a discussion on the topic.
Lehrer announced earlier this month that his general topics are:
• The economy – I
• The economy – II
• The economy – III
• Health care
• Role of government
U.S. Sen. John Kerry is standing in for Romney in Obama's practice sessions, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is playing Obama for Romney.
The vice presidential debate is Oct. 11 and will focus on both domestic and foreign policy. The debate will take place at 9 p.m. EST at Centre College in Danville, Ky., with ABC News chief foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz as the moderator.
The debate will be divided into nine segments of 10 minutes each. Raddatz will open a segment with a question and allow each candidate two minutes to respond. A discussion will then follow.
Ryan's debate partner is attorney Ted Olson. U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen is Biden's partner.
The Oct. 16 presidential debate will be a town meeting focusing on foreign and domestic policy. The debate will take place at 9 p.m. EST at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., with CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley as the moderator.
On Oct. 22 at 9 p.m., the presidential candidates will debate foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The moderator will be Bob Schieffer, Host of “Face the Nation” on CBS.
The debate will be divided into six segments of about 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by Schieffer. He’ll open each segment with a question, give each candidate two minutes to respond and then use the balance of the time for a discussion on the topic.