Format for Vice Presidential Debate announced
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) recently announced the format for the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate at Centre on Oct. 11.
The candidates for vice president will discuss foreign and domestic topics during nine ten-minute intervals at the debate, which will last for 90 minutes. Once the question is posed by the moderator, each candidate will have two minutes to respond, leaving the remaining time for open discussion of the issue between candidates.
Questions posed to the candidates will be selected by the moderator, who will be announced at some point in August. However, citizens will also have the opportunity to raise their own questions through a new internet initiative being introduced by the CPD. People will be able to contribute by communicating with the moderator through an online program, which will also be announced later this month.
The debate hosted at Centre will be the only vice presidential debate this election year, but its format is similar to two of the three presidential debates taking place. The first, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, will center on domestic policy, while the third, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22, will focus on foreign policy.
The second presidential debate, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16, will feature a “town meeting” style, allowing citizens to ask questions of the candidates about both foreign and domestic issues.
This will be the second vice presidential debate to be hosted at Centre, following a first in 2000. The debate will take place on campus in the Norton Center for the Arts.
For more about the upcoming vice presidential debate at Centre, visit the debate website here.