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Bob Schieffer to moderate presidential debate at Lynn University

Monday, August 13th, 2012 by Dara Kam

Veteran newsman Bob Schieffer will moderate the Oct. 22 debate between President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

The Lynn University debate, the finale of three presidential show-downs, will focus on foreign affairs.

Schieffer is CBS’s chief Washington correspondent and the moderator of the Sunday morning news show Face the Nation.

The commission also announced moderators for the other two debates and a vice presidential debate today as well.

On Oct. 3, Jim Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS Newshour, will moderate the first debate between the presidential candidates at the University of Denver. CNN’s chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will be the moderator for a town hall-style meeting on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate a debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

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BOCA RATON — Tiny Lynn University will host one of three presidential debates next year. But even if the debate produces a truly memorable moment, it probably won’t be linked in history with Lynn.

“It’s not so much about being on the map for some historical event, because people will forget the next day where the debate was,” says Rob Wild of Washington University in St. Louis, which has hosted three presidential and one vice presidential debate since 1992.

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Read about Lynn’s preparations and the experience of other schools that have hosted debates by clicking here — and be sure to check out the end of the story to read about memorable debate moments and where they took place.

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