Thursday, July 26, 2012
VP debate at Centre College will cover both foreign, domestic topics in 90-minute format
The vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville Oct. 11 will cover both foreign and domestic topics to be announced in advance, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates.
The 90-minute debate will be divided into nine time 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.
The vice presidential debate will take place in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts, the same venue as the debate Centre hosted in 2000. (From Centre College)
This will be the second time Centre has hosted a vice presidential debate. The first one was in 2000. In a news release announcing the host sites, Commission Executive Director Janet Brown said that Centre’s selection was based on several factors.
“First, Centre did an outstanding job of hosting the 2000 Vice Presidential debate. Second, Centre’s principal players from that debate are still at the College, and we value that experience. Finally, Centre’s facilities, as good as they were in 2000, are vastly improved now.”
The formats for the three presidential debates were also announced:
First presidential debate (Oct. 3, University of Denver, Denver, Colo.)
The first presidential debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks 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.
Second presidential debate (Oct. 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.)
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.
Third presidential debate (Oct. 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.)
The format for the third presidential debate will be identical to the first one and will focus on foreign policy.
All the debates will be moderated by a single individual and will take place from 9-10:30 p.m. (Eastern time). There will be no opening statements and two-minute closing statements in all the debates. In all the debates except town meeting, the CPD recommends that the candidates be seated at a table with the moderator. Moderators will be selected and announced in August.
In addition, the CPD is undertaking an innovative Internet-based voter education program that will encourage citizens to become familiar with the issues to be discussed in the debates, and to share their input with the debate moderators in advance of the debates. The program, which will be announced later this month, will be led by a coalition of internet leaders.
The CPD has sponsored and produced all the presidential and vice presidential debates since 1987, the year it was established. More information can be found at debates.org.
From Commission on Presidential Debates, Centre College