Second Presidential Debate: Start Time, Format and Live Stream

Tuesday's round two between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The town-hall style debate will be moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley.


The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The debate is at Hofstra University in New York and will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley.

In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. 

This second debate between the candidates is a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience. It will focus on both domestic and international issues and will include questions from voters. 

The tradition of holding live town hall debates for presidential candidates began in 1992 and has since proved to be one of the biggest challenges for debators. Taking questions from the audience means an increased level of unpredictability, which in the past has led to candidates stumbling to answer questions, getting in each others' faces, and wandering around the stage.

To prep for Tuesday's show, relive some of the most painfully awkward debate moments, courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Television Broadcasting and Live Streaming

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more. Check the local listings on TV Guide.com.

AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. It will also air on YouTube's Election Hub.

All of the debates are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). 

Presidential Debate Schedule 2012

October 16, 2012


Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

According to the CPD, "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. Candidates each 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."

October 22, 2012


Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

According to the CPD, "The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy."

 What question would you ask if you were in the audience at the presidential debate town hall? Comment below.

John M October 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Let's see Obama will tell us how great he is doing and needs four more years to get us out of position he has put us in.He will go down as one of the worst presidents in recent history next to Jimmy Carter;It took Regan to get us out of Carters mess now it will take Romney to get us out of Obamas mess.


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