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Explore the presidential candidates in-depth during Frontline special and presidential and vice-presidential debates on PBS

For Release: 2012-09-11 10:12:00

Throughout October, PBS and KET will provide in-depth access to the presidential election candidates with the special Frontline: The Choice 2012 and complete coverage and analysis of all three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling voters who they are, what they’ve done and how they would lead America. But there’s more to their stories. Frontline: The Choice 2012, airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET, documents the places, people and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates.

In addition, PBS NewsHour presents live 90-minute coverage and 30-minute analysis of the presidential and vice-presidential debates.

First presidential debate: University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET

PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer moderates the first presidential debate. The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced before the debate.

Vice-presidential debate: Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET

Martha Raddatz, senior foreign-affairs correspondent for ABC News, moderates the debate from Centre College in Danville, Ky. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each.

Second presidential debate: Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET

Candy Crowley, CNN chief political correspondent and anchor of CNN’s State of the Union, moderates the second presidential debate, which will take the form of a town-hall meeting. Citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. The town-hall meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Third presidential debate: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida
Monday, Oct. 22 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET

Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent at CBS News and moderator of Face the Nation, moderates the debate. The debate will focus on foreign policy and be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced before the debate.

Frontline is produced by WGBH/Boston, and PBS NewsHour is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

Contact: Abby Malik



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