What Time Is the Second Presidential Debate?

The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

After Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred throughout last week's Vice Presidential Debate, the nation's voters are looking forward to President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney's second debate: a town hall event focusing on foreign and domestic policy.

The second presidential debate between Obama and Romney is set for 9 p.m EST/8 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day.

AOL will provide a live stream of the debate.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol.

Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election HubAOL.

Where to Watch the Debate in Minneapolis: 

Republican: The Romney campaign's only debate watch party in the Twin Cities is being held in Hudson, WI Tuesday night. It starts at 5 p.m. and will also includ a phone banking session.

Democratic: The Obama campaign is hosting five combination debate watch parties and phone banks in the Twin Cities.

  • Linden Hills: Private home, 4430 Thomas Ave, 6 p.m.
  • HopkinsCampaign field office, 1007 Mainstreet, 5:30 p.m.
  • St PaulCampaign field office, 920 Selby Ave, 5:30 p.m.
  • Coon RapidsCampaign field office, 9696 University Ave NW, 5 p.m.
  • Brooklyn ParkPrivate home, 9013 Kentucky Ave N., 7:30 p.m.

Full info on Tuesday night's debate, as well as the schedule for the final debate, both of which are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD):


October 16, 2012


Topic: Town hall format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 8-9:30 p.m. Central Time
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)

According to the CPD, "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: 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 8-9:30 p.m. Central Time
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)

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


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