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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Debate dates

The McCain and Obama debate information is:

  • Friday, September 26, 2008, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, moderated by Jim Lehrer on Foreign Policy & National Security
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2008, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, town hall style questions from the audience and internet, moderated by Tom Brokaw
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, on domestic and economic policy, moderated by Bob Schieffer

And, the Biden and Palin debate will be Final Jeopardy style questions and answers moderated by Alex Trebek. Just kidding. Actually, I think that could be fun and interesting, especially if Alex would wince and say "sorry" when the judges ruled an answer to be wrong. Seriously, here's the real information:

  • Thursday, October 2, 2008 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, moderated by Gwen Ifill

More debate format information: NY Times: Pact on Debates Will Let McCain and Obama Spar (may req. reg.; via)

Check your local listings.

Posted by Marie at September 21, 2008 1:05 AM


Nothing about third party candidates, either. Frustrating and disappointing.

Posted by: ben Author Profile Page at September 21, 2008 2:11 AM

Ben, true. I resolved myself long ago that this is the way it is with our current two-party system. Although, I seem to recall Ross Perot in a major debate. If so, that could explain why he got as many votes as he did.

Posted by: Marie at September 21, 2008 10:02 PM

I think Perot was the last time a third-party candidate got in on a debate... before that, IIRC, it was John Anderson in 1980, and it was a serious point of contention between Reagan and Carter... Carter refused to participate if Anderson did, and Reagan refused if Anderson was barred.

Anderson participated in one debate, and to date has achieved the second-highest percentage of popular votes ever by a "modern" third-party candidate.

Posted by: ben Author Profile Page at September 22, 2008 2:34 PM

Thanks for letting me know when the debates are. I have one more question, though. Since I don't have a TV, I'll have to watch the debates via the internet on my computer. Does anyone know where I can see a videocast of the presidential debate live? Thanks for a very good blog!

Posted by: Brian at September 22, 2008 3:24 PM


The easiest place to find the live feed will undoubtedly be CNN.com, which should have a link on their main page.

This Friday's debate is at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

Posted by: Marie at September 22, 2008 4:06 PM

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