PBS Newshour Debates: A Special Report 2012
Airs October 3, 11, 16 and 22, 2012 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
PBS NewsHour's special election broadcast coverage continues with live coverage and post-debate analysis of the 2012 Presidential Debates on October 3, 11, 16 and 22, 2012 at 6 p.m. on KPBS Television.
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Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will anchor broadcast coverage and will be joined in the studio by the NewsHour's regular political analysts, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Political editor Christina Bellantoni will be on hand to provide perspective on social media reactions to the debates.
Special guests will include NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, who will offer analysis and perspective from the site of the presidential debates, and Debbie Elliott and Brian Naylor, providing analysis of the vice presidential debate.
PBS's own Jim Lehrer will moderate the first debate on October 3, 2012. It will be the 12th presidential debate he has moderated.
Wednesday, October 3 - The first Presidential Debate will focus on domestic policy and will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour at the University of Denver, in Denver, Colo.
The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced before the debate. The moderator 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.
Thursday, October 11 - In their only debate of the 2012 campaign, the Vice Presidential candidates will meet at Centre College, Danville, Ky. for a debate moderated by Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for ABC News.
The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator 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.
Tuesday, October 16 - 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, Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent for CNN and anchor of CNN's State of the Union will moderate the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
Monday, October 22 - Foreign policy will be the focus of the third and final Presidential Debate moderated by Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and moderator of Face The Nation at Lynn University at Boca Raton, Fla.
The debate will focus on foreign policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced before the debate. The moderator 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.
In addition to broadcast coverage, PBS NewsHour will livestream the debates and other coverage throughout each night of the debates. NewsHour reporters will also live blog analysis and added context on the NewsHour website and interview guests on an AfterHours livestream.
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