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Final Presidential Debate Time, Topics: Obama and Romney on Foreign Policy

The third and final presidential debate is scheduled Monday Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The moderator will be Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator for Face the Nation.

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney face off at 6 p.m. Pacific Time Monday Oct. 22 in their third and final nationally-televised debate, with Election Day looming Nov. 6.

The final debate falls on the last day for Redlands and Loma Linda residents to register to vote.

The focus will be foreign policy, and the moderator will be Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News, and moderator for Face the Nation.

The Commission on Presidential Debates issued a statement earlier this month with specific topics outlined by Schieffer for Monday's debate.

Subject to possible changes because of news developments, here are the topics for the October 22 debate, not necessarily to be brought up in this order:

  • America's role in the world
  • Our longest war - Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Red Lines - Israel and Iran
  • The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - I
  • The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism - II
  • The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World

The debate will be held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

"The format calls for six 15-minute time segments, each of which will focus on one of the topics listed above," the Commission stated. "The moderator will open each segment with a question.

"Each candidate will have two minutes to respond," the Commission stated. "Following the candidates' responses, the moderator will use the balance of the 15-minute segment to facilitate a discussion on the topic."

The debate is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Pacific Time and expected to last 90 minutes.

Some locals have been watching the debates downtown, at Joe Greensleeves and The Falconer.

Have you watched the presidential debates so far? Who has impressed you? Will this final debate help you decide who to vote for on Nov. 6?

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Gregory Brittain October 23, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Obama did not explain why he promised Russia more "flexibility" after the election. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Czo5Vf8KZs&feature=relmfu Who else has Obama promised to be more flexible with after the election? Unfortunately, it is not American business and job creators.
Gregory Brittain October 23, 2012 at 05:18 AM
GDP growth in the 12 quarters after a recession Average since WWII 15.2% Ronald Reagan 18.5% Obama 6.7% http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444813104578016873186217796.html?mod=opinion_newsreel Do you want the policies that produced 18.5% growth or 6.7% growth?
Gregory Brittain October 23, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Let’s also remember Obama's claimed $4 Trillion deficit reduction plan is phony. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “The Repeated Claim That Obama’s Budget Reduces The Deficit By $4 Trillion Is Simply Not Accurate. … Virtually No Serious Budget Analyst Agreed With This Accounting.”(Glenn Kessler, “Fact Checking Bill Clinton’s Speech And Other Democrats At The Convention In Charlotte,” The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker,” 9/6/12) Co-Chairs Of President Obama’s Fiscal Commission Erskine Bowles And Alan Simpson, On Obama’s $4 Trillion Target: “Unfortunately, His Proposal Falls Short Of This Goal …” “We are encouraged that President Obama has embraced the goal of stabilizing the debt and the target of achieving at least $4 trillion in deficit reduction. Unfortunately, his proposal falls short of this goal by counting war savings that were already planned; and while it does (barely) stabilize the debt, it does so at a dangerously high level and with no margin for error. We are disappointed, too, that the president did not address the long-term solvency of Social Security.”(Alan Simpson And Erskine Bowles, Op-Ed, “Go Big, Be Bold, Be Smart,” The Washington Post, 10/2/11) Obama's proposed budget for 2013 was so phony and irresponsible it lost 414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate. Not a single Dem voted for Obama's budget.
Gregory Brittain October 23, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Let’s always remember Obama and the Dems’ economic record. GDP growth in the 12 quarters after a recession Average since WWII 15.2% Ronald Reagan 18.5% Obama 6.7% http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444813104578016873186217796.html?mod=opinion_newsreel Do you want the policies that produced 18.5% growth or 6.7% growth? And under Obama, growth is decelerating each year. If Obama had the right policies, but it just took time to work our way out of the recession, growth should be accelerating not decelerating.
Gregory Brittain October 23, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Obama says he will not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons. It appears Israel has serious doubts about that, and more importantly, Iran does not believe Obama. If Iran believed that Obama would take military action and stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, why would Iran continue devoting tremendous financial and human resources to their nuclear program, and endure painful sanctions the Obama admin belatedly imposed, if they believed Obama would prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons thereby wasting all of the resources they spent on the program? By all accounts, crunch time is the first 6 months, at most, of 2013. Can we trust President “flexible,” President “lead from behind,” to do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons?

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