What Channel is the Presidential Debate On at 9 PM EST Tonight and Other Quick Facts

October 3, 2012: Tonight’s presidential debate begins at 9 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, and all cable news channels. Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour and moderator of 11 other presidential debates, will serve as referee between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney as they debate domestic policy at the University of Denver in Colorado.

[PolicyMic will be live blogging the presidential debates LIVE. Check here for all the latest updates and analysis]

The topics for this debate include:

9:00pm to 9:45pm: U.S. Economy

9:45pm to 10:00pm: Health Care

10:00pm to 10:15pm: Role of Government

10:15pm to 10:30pm: Governing

October 11, 2012, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST

Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will debate foreign and domestic policy at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Martha Raddatz, Chief Foreign Correspondent at ABC News, will moderate a debate divided into nine time segments of ten minutes each.

October 16, 2012, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST

In a Town Meeting format at Hofstra University in New York, Obama and Romney will respond directly to citizen’s questions. Candy Crowley, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, will serve as moderator. The citizen participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST

President Barack Obama will return to the debate stage one final time before Election Day. Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS will lead a debate on foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

November 6, 2012: Election Day

Many states require voters to register by October 6th, 2012. Be sure to complete your voter registration this week to be able to do your part to participate in the democratic process. Those who don’t at least write in a candidate are in no position to complain about problems in America!

Fact Checking the Debates: 

All journalists have a civic responsibility to accurately report the truth behind the political spin.  Unfortunately, the source of one’s paycheck often plays a major role in what a reporter or website includes or omits. Here is an alphabetical list of fact checkers for tonight’s debate, along with their financial loyalties:

CNN’s Fact Check will live stream the debate. CNN is owned by Time Warner, Inc., a multinational media conglomerate that is publicly traded as a for-profit company.

FactCheck.org is a non-profit non-partisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that is primarily funded by small individual donors, and the estate of Walter Annenberg, a publisher and philanthropist who died in 2002.

Fox News’s Fact Checking is a project of Fox News, which is owned by the second largest media conglomerate in the world, News Corporation, a public company primarily controlled by their owner, Chairman and CEO, an Australian American named Rupert Murdoch.

Politifact.com’s Truth-o-meter is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is published by the Times Publishing Company, which is owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a non-profit school for journalism that was funded by a generous endowment from journalist, Nelson Poynter, who died in 1978.

The best strategy is always to do your own research; Google or one of the above websites is a great place to start.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Cory Suter

Ph.D. Student in Economics at Temple University, and Founder of Direct Congress, Cory is passionate about making Congress work for America, instead of being led by special interest money. Prior to his formal study of Economics, he spent five years building two small businesses into successful enterprises in Philadelphia, PA. Cory grew up in a low-income conservative Christian family in Virginia, and attended The Honor Academy in Texas before studying business at JMU and working for Teach For America. He is married to a Children's Doctor, and has one son Jonathan, who was born in June of 2012.

MORE FROM

Scaramucci once asked Obama if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

The exchange came during a CNBC town hall on the financial crisis, two years into Obama’s presidency.

Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’ in tweet storm

He also defended Don Jr. and called Democrats "obstructionists" with "no ideas."

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

Scaramucci once asked Obama if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

The exchange came during a CNBC town hall on the financial crisis, two years into Obama’s presidency.

Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’ in tweet storm

He also defended Don Jr. and called Democrats "obstructionists" with "no ideas."

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.