What Time Is the Vice Presidential Debate?

Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day.

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Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates:


October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential
Topic: Foreign and domestic policy 
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. PDT
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and 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.

October 16, 2012


Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 6-7:30 p.m. PDT
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)

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. PDT
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)

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

Keith Best October 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Think about this...What makes people think a First-Term senator who spent most of that First-Term running for another office, is qualified to oversee the world's largest economy? Not only that, he was a First-Term state senator who spent most of that First-Term running for another office. And you wonder why he was lost without TOTUS (teleprompter of the United States).
Watts October 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I didn't realize that Ryan was a first term senator. You do realize that this is an article about the Biden/Ryan debate.
Jon October 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Because Biden is such an incompetent embarrassment, as well as the president
Carol Elliott October 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I assume you are talking about Obama.
Patrick Keegan October 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Mr. Best: Doesn't your comments about Mr. Ryan pretty much define the president. Also as I recall President Obama cannot talk without one either.
Watts October 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
If I were Biden, I would be all over how politically and ideologically split the Republican ticket is between Romney and Ryan. And with Romney's mad dash to the center, away from everything that he has been campaigning on up until last week, is even more of a mad dash away from what Paul believes in. I would be asking Paul how it feels to have compromised your character to stand shoulder to shoulder with somebody who is now campaigning on everything that Ryan has spent his life campaigning against.
Dan Crandell October 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
This is a must watch debate, Pay attention to everything they say, Ryan is in step with Romney. However Biden and BHP go in different directions and rarely speak. This debate is of no value but will be entertaining.
The Pot that called the Tea-Kettle Black. October 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM
@Keith Best, it's sort of like Obama calling the Tea Kettle black.
NOBAMA October 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
It's sort of like Obama smoking the Pot that called the Tea-Kettle Black!
Watts October 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
This is hysterical. Jon, "The Pot that called the tea-kettle Black," and Nobama are all the same person logging in and creating different accounts in the Westwood/Century City Patch, just to have a conversation with themselves on here. Here are their three accounts, all set up just to post these three different posts in this thread... http://centurycity.patch.com/users/nobama-a9997ac3 http://centurycity.patch.com/users/the-pot-that-called-the-tea-kettle-black http://centurycity.patch.com/users/jon-6be393c8
bbkong October 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
This will be fun! I'll be watching it on Youtube and MSNBC tonight, just to see if Chris Matthews cries this time. Here's a drinking game sheet. If Ryan contradicts any of these platform issues, take a shot. http://cdn.front.moveon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/10things-full.jpg I still think Samuel Jackson should be moderating!
Marcus October 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Ryan looks lost and a lightweight compared to Biden, who came out swinging and showed what years of experience is needed on the international stage. Ryan keeps refering to his 'anecdotal citizen stories' as his go to reference for his arguments, but that doesn't wash when you're dealing with Biden who is passionate and articulated about the future of America. Democrats won this one.
AFG October 12, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I did not care for Biden's laughing and eye rolling. I thought it made him look disrespectful of the debate. He did have some good points, but his behavior sort of spoiled it.
bbkong October 12, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Light weight/Heavy weight. I enjoyed Uncle Joe's smirk. I use it a lot around here.
Sandra Oshiro (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Good morning, everyone! We will be closing discussion on this story so that our editors can take a break from moderation. Please look for our presidential debate stories when Obama and Romney meet again Tuesday 6 p.m. California time in a town hall meeting at Hofstra University, New York, and join in the discussions on those articles. Thank you for your participation!


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