By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Oct 21, 2012 07:12 PM EDT
President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will go up against each other for the final time in Monday night's presidential debate. This time around, the political event's topic will be foreign policy, and the two candidates will return to using a traditional format.
With the official time limits being six to ten minutes per query, both the second presidential and vice-presidential debates seemingly moved along quickly. While the enforcement of the speaking limits wasn't very strong, the town-hall debate at Hofstra University did produce eleven questions and the vice-presidential debate confronted nine of them along with closing arguments.
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Nonetheless, Monday's gathering will replicate the Oct.3 formatted debate that took place on the University of Denver campus. Six topics will be picked by the moderator, with fifteen minutes allotted for each of them. The point of the extended segments is to allow the discussion time needed to address complex subjects. However, the issue with the prolonged engagements during a campaign is that the candidates will undoubtedly confront each other, which does take time out of their topical presentations. Although there are rules in place for the candidates to not to speak to each other directly, they inevitably do so in order to garner political points.
The moderator for the final debate will be veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer. Many people are wondering just how Schieffer will respond to the candidates' tendencies to ignore the rules of the political debate. Although Schieffer is widely respected for his work, the task at hand he faces (keeping the debate running smoothly) will be a challenging one.
President Obama and Governor Romney will take the podium against each other in the final presidential debate before the election. The 90-minute event will start at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
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