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What Time is the Vice Presidential Debate?

Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, including where to watch the debate in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.

The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Both Republicans and Democrats are hosting debate watch parties. 

Local Debate Watch Parties

Here in Alexandria, the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network is hosting a party at 9 p.m. Thursday at Laporta's Resturant, 1600 Duke St. 

Busboys and Poets in Shirlington will have the debate on the big screens, hosting a debate watch party from 8 - 11 p.m.

Up in northern Arlington, Ben Romney, one of Gov. Mitt Romney's sons, will be hosting a debate watch party at the Romney Campaign Virginia Headquarters in Arlington. He'll be at 3811 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 750, Arlington, VA 22203. The party starts at 8 p.m.

The Arlington Young Democrats and the Arlington County Democratic Committee are joint-hosting a vice presidential debate watch party at Bailey's (near the Ballston Metro) at 8 p.m. Thursday. 

The Fairfax County Lee District Dems are hosting a debate watch party at Walkers Grille in Kingstowne, 6909 Metro Park Drive, at 8:30 p.m.

The Northern Virginia Tea Party will be meeting at the Greene Turtle in Fairfax, 3950 University Dr., to watch the debate at 8 p.m.

Broadcasting and Streaming Live

If you can't attend a party, AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. It will also air on YouTube's Election Hub.

TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more.

All of the debates are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Here's more info on each:

October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential
Topic: Foreign and domestic policy 
Air Time: 9-10:30 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)

According to the CPD, "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

Presidential

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 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)

According to the CPD, "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

Presidential

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9-10:30 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)

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

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