Presidential debates 2012

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See Presidential Debates for a fascinating history.

The presidential debates 2012 are as follows:

Republican Primary Debates

  • May 5 in Greenville, SC, at the Peace Center: Cain, Johnson, Paul, Pawlenty and Santorum
Analysis: Insignificant without major contenders
  • June 13 in Manchester, NH, at Saint Anselm College: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney, Santorum
Winners: Romney by far, then Bachmann
  • August 11, in Ames, Iowa, at Iowa State University: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Pawlenty, Romney, Santorum
Winners: Bachmann and Santorum
Losers: Huntsman and Pawlenty

General Election Debates

  • Wednesday, October 3
Romney and Obama
Magness Arena, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Focus on domestic policy. Moderated by Jim Lehrer
  • Thursday, October 11
Ryan and Biden
Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Focus on domestic and foreign policy. Moderated by Martha Raddatz
  • Tuesday, October 16
Romney and Obama
David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Town hall style. Moderated by Candy Crowley
  • Monday, October 22
Romney and Obama
Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
Focus on foreign policy. Moderated by Bob Schieffer.


Advantages for Romney

  • Romney reportedly "may be a little further ahead in his preparations." He has been practicing with Rob Portman. Obama, who has a reputation among his advisor for procrastination, has been "studying his rival’s positions and statements from the primary campaign." [1]
  • Two debates will focus on domestic policy while another town hall debate which will likely focus on the terrible economy. While Obama will probably blame the economic crisis on George W. Bush, Romney will surely have the upper hand when it comes to economic issues.

Advantages for Obama

  • Romney will face trouble from the moderators all of which are very liberal and will likely give "softball questions" to Obama.
  • The last debate is focused on foreign policy. Despite losing thousands of heroic American lives due to mismanaged wars and ROEs which give the upper hand to terrorists, Obama claims it was his decision to take out Osama Bin Laden and is supported in this unlikely claim by the liberal media.

See also