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Presidential, Vice Presidential Debates Begin October 3: What Would You Ask?

The first debate is scheduled Wednesday Oct. 3 in Denver, and Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour will moderate. What would you ask the candidates?

A schedule of presidential and vice-presidential debates has been released, and the moderator of the first face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney has selected topics.

Redlands-Loma Linda area residents who want to watch can mark their calendars.

Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS NewsHour, will moderate the first debate beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time Wednesday Oct. 3 in Denver, Colo.

According to an announcement Wednesday Sept. 19 from the Commission on Presidential Debates, Lehrer stated:

Subject to possible changes because of news developments, here are the topics for the October 3 debate, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:

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

The debate will be held at the University of Denver, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The format calls for six 15-minute segments, each focused on one of the issues listed above.

All debates start at 6 p.m. Pacific Time and are expected to last 90 minutes.

Here is the rest of the schedule:

Thursday Oct. 11 - Vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News.

Tuesday Oct. 16 - Second presidential debate, town meeting format, at  Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union.

Monday Oct. 22 - Third presidential debate: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation.

What would you ask the candidates?

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Charles Ferrell September 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The vice-presidential debate is irrelevant. Nobody votes for the vice-president. The biggest blowout in vice-presidential debates came in 1988 when Lloyd Benson KO'd Dan Quayle with the "you are no John Kennedy" line, but that had no impact on the election. In the Presidential debate I would ask: 1 -- President Obama to explain since he became President what has been the U.S. role and its relationship with the nations of the Middle East and has the U.S. been successful in his opinion under his policies in dealing with the Middle East since he became President. Then, Romney should be asked in his opinion how successful or unsuccessful President Obama's policies have been in the Middle East and what would Romney do differently as President. 2 -- I would as both candidates to explain what they feel is the U.S. relationship with Israel (friend, foe, ally, key ally, etc.), then ask Obama how his policies have impacted the U.S. relationship with Israel since he became President and Romney what America's relationship should be with Israel. 3 -- Given that the U.S. economy is by far the most important issue in the 2012 election, I would ask President Obama to address how his policies have impacted the U.S. economy since he became President and what more needs to be done, and name three things that must be done to makes things better over the next four years. Romney should assess the economy under Obama's policies and name three specific things he would do differently.
Charles Ferrell September 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
4 -- The number of Americans on food stamps and other government subsidies (not including paid for or earned entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Benefits) is growing at record numbers. As both candidates to explain how their policies will reduce that number and name three specific actions each would take in order to get more Americans back to work and off government subsidy programs. 5 -- I would ask each candidate "do you like America, do you believe in America, do you believe we are special in any way and why." 6 -- I would ask President Obama how his policies have impacted/affected America's image and role among other nations in the world since he became President and I would ask Romney to comment on America's image and role among other nations in the world since Obama became President and what would he do differently to improve and enhance that image and America's role in the world. I believe these questions and questions like these would give Americans an insight into both candidates ideas, goals and ideology while giving President Obama the opportunity, as a sitting President asking the nation to retain him for another four years, to fully explain his policies and the impact they have had on America these past four years and Challenger Romney an opportunity to explain what his policies would be in order to make the changes he feels need to be made during his first four years, if elected, as President.
Charles Ferrell September 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Both then could use their opening and closing statements to polish up their image, personalize their campaigns and use what ever word tools each desires to win over the hearts and minds of the voters who will be deciding the next President on Nov. 6. If there was time, before the closing statements, I would ask each candidate to name two specific questions they would like to ask the other candidate, then let each candidate answer those questions.
Anne Waters September 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
My question for President Obama and Mr. Romney is how do they feel about a National Tax and why dont they consider it.

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