HPPR will provide live coverage of the second presidential debate on all of its broadcast stations and its web stream on Tuesday, October 16, starting at 8 pm CT. HPPR.org will feature a live chat hosted by NPR's Frank James as well as live blogging from NPR’s It’s All Politics blog.
The debate format will be in 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. The debate will be moderated by Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN's State of the Union and originate from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
HPPR’s coverage will include broadcast of the 90 minute debate in its entirety, followed by analysis by NPR. Senior Washington editor Ron Elving will host the analysis and be accompanied by analysts E.J. Dionne and Matt Continetti, several NPR policy reporters, as well as Mara Liasson and Don Gonyea, the traveling campaign reporters covering the Romney and Obama campaigns respectively.
HPPR wil also provide coverage of the third and final presidential debate on Monday, October 22.