WASHINGTON – The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday released new details on this year’s presidential debates, offering a look at the rules that will shape President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney’s upcoming rhetorical battles.
The three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate will each last 90 minutes.
The first, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, will be partitioned into six 15-minute segments, each focusing on a different domestic policy issue to be set by an as-yet-to-be-announced moderator.
Obama and Romney will be given two minutes to respond to the initial question, after which the moderator will divide the remaining time for a discussion between the two.
The lone vice presidential debate will take place Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky., with a focus on foreign and domestic issues, with nine 10-minute sessions broken up in the same question-and-answer format as the preceding presidential debate.