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Donald Trump has said he will accept the results of the election if he wins.

The Republican nominee added that he would accept a “clear” result – but reserved the right to challenge a “questionable” result.

Donald Trump appeared at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, speaking for the first time after the final debate with rival Hillary Clinton.

He has been heavily criticized for suggesting that he might not accept the election result.

Latest polls suggest Hillary Clinton is ahead nationally and in key battleground states.

Speaking in Ohio, Donald Trump said, grinning: “I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election – if I win.”

The billionaire also said: “I will accept a clear election result, but I will also reserve my right to contest and file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”

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During last night’s debate, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump if he would accept losing to Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee said he would “keep you in suspense”.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, later insisted that the candidate had meant he would not concede until the “results are actually known”.

However the remark, which drew anger from some Republicans, is part of Donald Trump’s repeated claim that the election is “rigged” against him.

Donald Trump told the Ohio audience that the election was posing questions about “the fairness of our country”.

Former Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain also released a statement implicitly criticizing Donald Trump’s debate comments.

John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, said: “I didn’t like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance.

“A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.”

At the Ohio rally, Donald Trump also reiterated a claim he made during the debate against Hillary Clinton and President Obama, who he said were responsible for inciting violence at a Chicago rally earlier this year.

The crowd erupted into cheers of: “Lock her up!”

During the debate, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”.

The Republican has trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls after facing damaging fallout over a video that emerged of him making inappropriate remarks about groping women.

When asked to address the allegations made against him by several women in the wake of the video, Donald Trump said the claims had been “largely debunked”.

Donald Trump’s comments come after a 10th woman came forward to accuse him of assault on October 20 at a news conference.

Karena Virginia said Donald Trump allegedly touched her breast at the US Open in 1998 and made offensive comments about her to a group of men.

Donald Trump and Hillary Trump are scheduled to appear at a charity dinner on October 20 in New York.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will take to the stage in Las Vegas on October 19 for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the presidency.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing in key battleground states after facing a slew of assault allegations.

However, Hillary Clinton remains unpopular with many voters and has faced more bad headlines about her use of a private email server.

Most Americans will cast their votes on November 8.

Millions are expected to tune into the third and final debate at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, which gets under way at 09:00 EDT and will be moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will discuss six topics: The debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump anti Muslim rhetoric

The Republican presidential candidate has faced damaging fallout after a video emerged of him making inappropriate comments about groping women, with senior Republicans deserting him.

In recent days Donald Trump has railed against the election process itself, warning the vote is “absolutely rigged” with “large-scale voter fraud” taking place.

The New York billionaire’s remarks prompted a scathing response from President Barack Obama, who said the Republican challenger should “stop whining”.

Donald Trump has invited Barack Obama’s estranged half-brother, Malik Obama – one of his supporters – as a guest.

He also invited Patricia Smith, whose son was killed in an attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, while Hillary Clinton was US secretary of state.

In contrast to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has kept a low profile ahead of the debate to prepare for the showdown.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said the Democratic nominee was ready for whatever “scorched-earth” tactics her rival might try.

She is likely to face questions about a batch of hacked emails from the account of her campaign boss, released by WikiLeaks, that Donald Trump has seized on.

Before the last debate, Donald Trump appeared at a news conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of s**ual misconduct. Since then he has suggested Hillary Clinton took performance-enhancing drugs ahead of that meeting.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has signaled their candidate will try to focus on policy.

Among her guests, Hillary Clinton is bringing Donald Trump critic Mark Cuban, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of her highest-profile Republican backers.

Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of being “pumped up” during their last presidential debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one.

The Republican nominee also suggested the presidential race was looking like a “rigged election”.

The comments came in the wake of the publication of a recording in which Donald Trump made inappropriate remarks, which sparked a string of assault claims.

According to latest polls, Donald Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump said Hilalry Clinton had been “all pumped up” at the beginning of the last debate but could “barely reach her car” at the end.

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“We should take a drugs test,” the billionaire said.

Donald Trump did not provide any evidence to back up his claim.

Meanwhile the Clinton campaign has hit back against Donald Trump’s contention that women accusing him of assault are part of a scheme to help elect Hillary Clinton president.

Voting was to be encouraged and not “dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he’s going to lose”, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said.

Robby Mook said he expected a record turnout because voters could see through what he described as Donald Trump’s “shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens”.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “fully confident” that the November election would be carried out “with integrity”, according to his spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

Paul Ryan, the most senior elected Republican official, has said he will not defend Donald Trump in the wake of the recording of the nominee’s obscene comments.

However, Paul Ryan has stopped short of ending his endorsement of Donald Trump.

The latest person to come forward is 63-year-old Cathy Heller, who told the Guardian that Donald Trump grabbed her and “went for the lips” during their first and only meeting 20 years ago, during a Mother’s Day event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

A spokesman for Donald Trump rejected the claim.

Donald Trump has denied attacking any of the women who have made allegations against him, saying the claims are part of a plot to damage his campaign.

The final presidential debate takes place on October 19.

Republican candidate Donald Trump has defended his inappropriate remarks about groping women by launching a blistering attack against rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband during the second presidential debate.

Donald Trump denied ever assaulting women, but turned his fire on former President Bill Clinton.

“There’s never been anybody in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women,” he said.

Hillary Clinton refused to address Donald Trump’s comments about her husband.

Donald Trump’s attack on the Clintons came after moderator Anderson Cooper asked him about a 2005 video recording released on October 7 that revealed the New York billionaire bragging about groping women.

When pressed on whether he had engaged in s**ual misconduct with any women, Donald Trump denied doing so and instead focused on Bill Clinton’s previous indiscretions.

No criminal charges have been brought against Bill Clinton in any allegations of assault.

Hillary Clinton said the explosive video, which has sparked an exodus of Republicans denying support to their presidential nominee, showed who Donald Trump really was.

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She said: “With prior Republican nominees, I disagreed with them, but I never questioned their fitness to serve.

“I think it’s clear to anyone who heard [the video] that it represents exactly who he is.”

When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took to the stage in St Louis for their second of three debates, they did not shake hands, striking a bitter tone that would continue throughout.

Donald Trump said if he won, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and she would be in prison over her private email arrangements.

“Everything he just said is absolutely false but I’m not surprised,” she responded.

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

“Because you’d be in jail,” Donald Trump interrupted.

He also said his Democratic rival “has tremendous hate in her heart” while criticizing her for referring to his supporters as “deplorables”.

Hillary Clinton said she apologized for the comment, adding: “My argument is not with his supporters, it’s with him, about the hateful and divisive campaign he has run.”

The two also sparred on the conflict in Syria, Russian aggression, Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his plan for the “extreme vetting” of immigrants arriving from countries with links to terrorism.

The evening concluded when an audience member asked the candidates to say one positive thing about each other.

Hillary Clinton said his children were a great reflection of him while Donald Trump called his opponent “a fighter” who never gives up.

An hour before the debate began, Donald Trump appeared at a press conference with women who accused Bill Clinton of s**ual misconduct.

The Republican joined three women who allege Bill Clinton assaulted them and called the women “very courageous”.

Donald Trump was under immense pressure after making inappropriate comments about women in the video.

At least 33 senior Republicans – including senators, members of Congress, and state governors – have withdrawn their support since the video surfaced on October 7.

Hillary Clinton also defended controversial remarks she made in a private speech that was made public in leaked emails on October 8.

The transcript had revealed Hillary Clinton said a politician has a public and private position, but at the debate she said she had watched a film about Abraham Lincoln and was referring only to what he had done.

Donald Trump appeared with Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee who settled a harassment suit against Bill Clinton for $850,000 in 1999 with no admission of guilt.

Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed Bill Clinton raped her in a hotel room in 1978, also appeared with Donald Trump.

Bill Clinton has denied the claim through his lawyer and no charges have ever been brought against him.

The third woman was Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide who said Bill Clinton groped her in his office in 1993, but had previously said it never happened.

Bill Clinton has also denied this claim.

Kathy Shelton, a fourth woman who spoke, encountered Hillary Clinton in a criminal case when she was 12 years old.

Early in Hillary Clinton’s legal career, she was appointed to defend Kathy Shelton’s rapist, despite objections, and had his sentence reduced to a lesser charge.

Years later, an audio tape emerged of Hillary Clinton discussing speaking with a reporter, in which she can be heard laughing about the case.

During one instance, Hillary Clinton laughed after explaining that her client had passed a lie detector test, which convinced her to never trust them again.

Donald Trump and his team have come out fighting after a slew of attacks over his inappropriate remarks about women.

The Republican candidate is due to meet his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the second presidential debate tonight.

Donald Trump’s adviser Rudy Giuliani said the Republican may well bring up Hillary Clinton’s alleged role in discrediting women who accused her husband Bill of abuse.

A 2005 recording of Donald Trump reveals him bragging about groping women.

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At least 33 senior Republicans – including senators, members of Congress, and state governors – have withdrawn their support since the video surfaced on October 7.

Donald Trump tweeted a link to a video in which a woman accuses former president Bill Clinton of rape in 1978 while he was attorney general of Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton denied her claims of rape when they first emerged in 1999.

Some Republicans are calling for Donald Trump to quit the presidential race.

Utah Senator Mike Lee said the Republican Party had to find another candidate or it would not win the White House.

He told NBC’s Meet the Press: “We’ve got candidates who can do it. There’s still time to do it, but we have to actually do it.”

Donald Trump, who gave a video apology over the 2005 recording, has said there is “zero chance I’ll quit”.

Most Republican voters would appear to support his stance. In the first poll since the release of the tape, by Politico/Morning Consult, some 74% of Republican voters believe the party should continue to support Donald Trump.

A number of Donald Trumps supporters booed a party unity rally in Wisconsin on October 8, given by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan disinvited Donald Trump to attend the event after the tape revelations.

In his video apology, Donald Trump gave a hint that he would bring up more lurid allegations in Sunday’s debate saying: “Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary Clinton has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told media that Donald Trump would not hesitate to describe Hillary Clinton’s abuse in criminal terms.

“The reality is that… this is a situation in which neither side should throw stones because both sides have sinned,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press.

Hillary Clinton’s camp has not responded to the allegations, but her campaign chairman John Podesta called Donald Trump “disgusting” when asked for his response to the tape revelations.

“This is who this guy is,” he said.

It could be risky for Donald Trump to refer to Bill Clinton’s infidelities. According to the New York Times, polling suggests a majority of voters are not interested in revisiting stories about Bill Clinton’s behavior.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are to face each other in their first TV debate.

The two presidential candidates will take to the stage in New York on September 26.

The duel at Hofstra University could be the most watched debate in TV history, with 100 million viewers.

There are 43 days until the November election, with polls suggesting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead nationally.

Controversy has marked the debate build-up after Donald Trump said he might invite a woman who had an affair with Bill Clinton in the 1970s.

The Republican tweeted on September 24 that he would perhaps ask Gennifer Flowers to sit in the debate audience, in response to Hillary Clinton having invited Trump critic Mark Cuban.

Gennifer Flowers initially said she would attend but Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, said on September 25 she was not coming and the suggestion was not a serious one.

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The debate at 21:00 local time will last 90 minutes and is being moderated by NBC news anchor Lester Holt.

It is the most hotly anticipated event so far in a long election campaign, partly due to the contrasting styles of the two candidates.

Donald Trump marched to a stunning win in the Republican primaries against vastly more experienced political opponents, he hurled personal insults and made suggestive remarks on the debate stage.

Hillary Clinton, with decades of experience in politics, usually relies more on a firm and detailed policy grasp, but has problems portraying authenticity and spontaneity.

Observers predict the audience could be as high as that for the Super Bowl and surpass the 80 million who watched Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan debate in 1980.

Three of the topics for the six segments of the debate have already been announced – America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity and Securing America – but three others, based on events in the news, will be asked during the debate.

In the past week, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have focused on the response to fatal police shootings of African-American men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as the ensuing protests.

Mitt Romney has doubled his lead in a new national poll just hours after the final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida.

Just two weeks to go until election day it is unclear whether President Barack Obama will be able to make up the gap.

Mitt Romney held a four-point lead in the Rasmussen tracking poll released on Tuesday, with 50% of the vote compared to 46% for Barack Obama. In Monday’s poll he led by two points.

In addition, Mitt Romney’s lead was five points in swing states and as many as nine points among self-declared independent voters.

The poll was released just a few hours after the third and last debate of the presidential election campaign, which saw the two candidates clash over foreign affairs in Boca Raton.

Barack Obama showed off his foreign-policy experience, repeatedly patronizing his opponent as he accused him off being “all over the map” on how to deal with the world, even describing him as “wrong and reckless”.

But Mitt Romney held his own in the face of Barack Obama’s sustained assaults, working hard to establish his credentials as a sober and steady statesman with an obviously well-briefed analysis of world matters, from Iran to Poland to Mali.

The two bitter rivals were meeting for the final time at Lynn University in Boca Raton with all to play for in a neck-and-neck race for the White House.

CNN’s survey of debate-watchers showed that 48% considered the President the winner, with 40% favoring Romney and 12% undecided. A CBS poll had Barack Obama in front with 53% compared to just 23% for Romney, with 24% on the fence.

The Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday recounted only the results of surveys conducted before the debate, so it is not yet known whether either candidate will receive a boost from the evening.

Mitt Romney has doubled his lead in a new national poll just hours after the final presidential debate in Boca Raton

Mitt Romney has doubled his lead in a new national poll just hours after the final presidential debate in Boca Raton

One contest Barack Obama undoubtedly won was that of loquaciousness – the President spoke for 41 minutes and 42 seconds, 35 seconds longer than Mitt Romney. The Democratic candidate had the majority of speaking time in all four presidential or vice-presidential debates this year.

It was Barack Obama who appeared to be the challenger at times – a clear sign that he fears his re-election hopes are slipping away from him – hammering away at Mitt Romney, trying to belittle him and all but calling him a liar.

Mitt Romney tried to remain above the fray and appeal to moderate and undecided voters. He was noticeably less tetchy than in the bad-tempered second debate in Hempstead, New York.

But Mitt Romney hit home with a precise attack on Barack Obama’s “apology tour” of the Middle East in 2009, which seemed to rile Obama visibly. He said that the President had said he was sorry the U.S. had dictated to countries, adding: “Mr. President we have not dictated to other nations, we have freed other nations from dictators.”

The Romney campaign appeared confident in the aftermath of the debate, arguing that Barack Obama was “shedding voters” and was “trying to manage the rate of decline” in support ahead of election day.

“We entered this debate in a good position and we leave it in a stronger position,” said strategist Stuart Stevens.

“Whatever is that intangible quality of being presidential and who you would trust, Governor Romney had it more than the President.”

Speaking about Barack Obama’s performance in Boca Raton, Stuart Stevens added: “It was not the demeanor you would expect of a President. He came in with a bunch of political talking points like a young fresh graduate of a spin class trying to come off with these points.”

But the President’s campaign manager Jim Messina described Mitt Romney as “unsteady”, adding that he “did not look like a commander-in-chief. He did not pass the test and that’s a very bad moment for the Romney campaign”.

Jim Messina continued: “The contrast tonight was between a strong and steady President and an uncertain Romney and that’s how incumbent presidents get re-elected.”

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Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have battled over national security in the third and final presidential debate at Boca Raton, Florida.

The rivals tangled over the Arab Spring, Iran, China’s rise and more in a feisty 90-minute head-to-head.

Barack Obama said his Republican challenger was “all over the map” on foreign policy, while Mitt Romney said the president had failed to uphold American global leadership.

The two candidates are running neck and neck with two weeks until the election.

In the final debate, moderated by veteran CBS News presenter Bob Schieffer, there were no noticeable gaffes or knockout blows.

The forum at Lynn University featured little of the interrupting that marked their second encounter last week in New York, when Barack Obama came out swinging after his lackluster performance in their first head to head in Denver, Colorado.

The rivals found some common ground – each declared unequivocal support for Israel and both voiced opposition to US military involvement in Syria.

Mitt Romney also said he agreed with the president’s policy of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by 2014 – the Republican has suggested otherwise in the past.

In laying out one of his overarching themes on foreign policy, Mitt Romney said the US under President Barack Obama’s leadership had allowed “tumult” to engulf the Middle East.

He cited civilian deaths in Syria, the rise of al-Qaeda affiliates in North Africa and Iran’s nuclear programme.

But the Republican steered clear of his suggestion in the last debate that the Obama administration had mishandled last month’s Libya US consulate attack, which left four Americans dead.

Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have battled over national security in the third and final presidential debate at Boca Raton

Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have battled over national security in the third and final presidential debate at Boca Raton

“What’s been happening over the last couple of years is, as we’re watching this tumult in the Middle East, this rising tide of chaos occur, you see al-Qaeda rushing in, you see other jihadist groups rushing in,” Mitt Romney said.

“I congratulate him on taking out Osama Bin Laden and taking on the leadership of al-Qaeda, but we can’t kill our way out of this… We must have a comprehensive strategy.”

Barack Obama hit back that he was glad that Mitt Romney had recognized the threat posed by al-Qaeda, reminding the former Massachusetts governor that he had earlier this year cast Russia as America’s number one geo-political foe.

The president sought to portray Mitt Romney as a foreign policy novice who lacked the consistency needed to be commander-in-chief.

Barack Obama said Mitt Romney had backed a continued troop presence in Iraq, opposed nuclear treaties with Russia, even when they had broad bipartisan backing, and accused the Republican of flip-flopping over whether the US should have a timeline for leaving Afghanistan.

“What we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership, not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map,” Barack Obama said.

The president said that he had ended the war in Iraq and “decimated” al-Qaeda’s leadership, allowing the US to prepare a responsible timeline for withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Mitt Romney, whose book is called No Apology, accused Barack Obama of having gone on “an apology tour” after he took office and of saying at the time he would meet “all the world’s worst actors”, including leaders from North Korea and Iran.

“I think they looked at that and saw weakness,” Mitt Romney said.

The president hit back, saying: “Nothing Governor Romney has just said is true, starting with the notion of me apologizing,” a claim Barack Obama labeled the “biggest whopper” of the campaign.

The rivals also jostled to act tougher than the other on China, as allegations flew about trade violations and currency manipulation by Beijing.

Although the debate’s focus was meant to be on foreign affairs, the two candidates pivoted repeatedly back to the fragile US economy, the issue uppermost in voters’ minds.

Mitt Romney said he knew what it took to create jobs and boost pay, while Barack Obama was nine million jobs short of his pledge of 5.4% employment.

But Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of planning $5 trillion of tax cuts and $2 trillion of defence spending the military had not even requested.

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916,” Barack Obama said in one of the night’s most memorable lines.

“Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

An NBC poll on Sunday put the men in a dead heat, each with 47% support.

A lackluster performance by Barack Obama in the opening debate in Denver, Colorado, on 3 October gave Mitt Romney a campaign boost.

But in their second face-off in New York last week, a more aggressive Barack Obama buried the memory of a poor first showing as he came out swinging on the economy, tax and foreign policy.

After Monday night’s showdown, both candidates will be returning to the campaign trail for a grueling final two weeks of wooing voters in swing states.

The final debate behind them, both men will now launch a final fortnight of campaigning. Already four million ballots have been cast in early voting in more than two dozen states.

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President Barack Obama’s team says he will make a “strong” comeback in Tuesday’s debate rematch with his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Top aide Robert Gibbs says he expects Barack Obama to be “energetic” after his passive showing in the first debate.

The rivals will take questions on domestic and foreign policy from an audience of 80 undecided voters at a town hall-style forum in New York.

With 21 days to go until the election, the race is essentially deadlocked.

As he battles for a second term, the Democratic president is trying to hang on to narrow leads in many of the nine key swing states that are expected to decide who will win the White House.

The 90-minute debate at Hofstra University on Long Island starts at 21:00 EDT on Tuesday. It will be moderated by CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

The president’s campaign dropped the usual pre-debate tactic of lowering expectations, to adopt a more bullish, upbeat tone.

Barack Obama's team says he will make a strong comeback in Tuesday's debate rematch with Mitt Romney

Barack Obama’s team says he will make a strong comeback in Tuesday’s debate rematch with Mitt Romney

Robert Gibbs, a senior Obama aide, told MSNBC on Tuesday: “I think you will see somebody who will be strong, who will be passionate, who will be energetic.”

Mitt Romney – who has risen in the opinion polls since his first encounter this month with Barack Obama in Denver, Colorado – will aim to pull off another assured performance.

Barack Obama has been preparing for the debate since Saturday at a golf resort in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Mitt Romney’s advisers are putting him through his paces in his home state of Massachusetts.

“President Obama is going to have a better night than he had at the first debate,” Mitt Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said.

He added that the Republican expects his rival to “come out swinging with dishonest and negative attacks”.

After the last debate, Democrats questioned why Barack Obama did not challenge Mitt Romney over his policies on tax, healthcare and jobs.

They also complained that Barack Obama had allowed the Republican to soften some of his most conservative stances.

Barack Obama campaign aides say the president will not make the same mistake this time.

But the rivals must also strike a balance between attacking each other without coming across as too negative in front of the audience and the tens of millions of Americans watching on television.

On the eve of the debate, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for last month’s sacking of the US consulate in Libya, which the Romney campaign has used to attack the White House.

Hillary Clinton said that she – and not the president or vice-president – was to blame for any security lapses before the 11 September assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, which left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead.

The Romney campaign has claimed the Libyan raid shows that the president’s foreign policy is “unravelling”, and the issue could well come up again in Tuesday’s clash.

The third and final presidential debate is scheduled for 22 October in Boca Raton, Florida.


The dates and venues have been announced for the 2012 Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The date for the Vice Presidential debate has also been announced.

Tickets – Tickets for each debate are controlled by the Commission on Presidential Debates and are extremely limited since the debates are primarily produced for television. The majority of tickets are distributed to host university students and faculty through a lottery system.

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

Live Stream – Each debate will be streamed live online.

October 3, 2012

Topic: Domestic policy

Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a 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 topic.

October 11, 2012

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy

Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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)

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: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern 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)

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