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Key details of 2012 US president debates

DENVER, Colorado -- President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are preparing to square off Wednesday night in the first of three prime-time debates. Tens of millions of Americans are expected to tune in.

Here are the key facts and figures about the face-to-face showdowns that could shape the presidential campaign down the stretch to election day on Nov. 6:

All debates are coordinated by the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Each debate starts at 9 p.m. eastern time (0100 GMT) and runs for 90 minutes.

First Presidential Debate

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado.

Moderator: Jim Lehrer, executive editor for PBS NewsHour.

Format: Six 15-minute time segments each focusing on one issue. Moderator asks an opening question, and candidates have two minutes to respond. Remainder of time used for discussion.

Topics: The U.S. economy; health care; the role of government; governing.

First and Only Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden vs. Romney's running mate Paul Ryan.

Thursday, Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Moderator: Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent, ABC News.

Format: Nine 10-minute segments. Moderator asks an opening question, and candidates have two minutes to respond. Remainder of time used for discussion.

Topics: Domestic and foreign issues.

Second Presidential Debate

Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Moderator: Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN.

Format: Town meeting, in which citizens — undecided voters selected by polling group Gallup — ask questions. Candidates each have two minutes to respond.

Topics: Domestic and foreign issues.

Third and Final Presidential Debate

Monday, Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Moderator: Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent, CBS News.

Format: Identical to the first debate.

Topics: Foreign policy.

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