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Fall 2012 Presidential Debates Set

October 31, 2011
We don't know who he'll be facing yet, but we now know where and when President Obama will be debating for his reelection bid.

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates today announced four sites and dates for the fall 2012 faceoffs between the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees (whether a third party candidate emerges and is included is TBD):

  • Oct. 3: University of Denver, Denver, Colo.
  • Oct. 11 (vice presidential debate): Centre College, Danville, Ky.
  • Oct. 16: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Oct. 22: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla

Moderators and formats for the debates will be decided next year, according to the announcement from commission co-chairs Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael McCurry.

Updated, 3:14 p.m.: National Journal White House correspondent George Condon just passed this on: "The president looks forward to next year's debates," said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a statement. "Once the Republicans have selected their candidate we will work through the details with their campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates."
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