October 22nd, 2012

CNN Plans Special Coverage for Final Presidential Debate

CNN will air the final debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney tonight with special coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Leading the network’s coverage of the foreign policy-focused debate will be: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Fareed Zakaria in Washington; Candy Crowley inside the debate hall in Boca Raton, Florida; and Soledad O’Brien from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she will host a group of undecided voters. On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis will be: Gloria Borger, David Gergen, Alex Castellanos and Van Jones in Washington; and James Carville and Ari Fleisher inside the debate hall with Crowley.

Prior to the start of the debate, the network will unveil:

  • New, unaired portions of Zakaria’s interview with former President Bill Clinton.
  • A report from chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin with new information on Obama’s debate preparation.
  • Senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash’s debate strategy interview with Dan Senor, one of Romney’s top debate advisers.
  • A rare look inside Romney’s campaign bus for a profile of the candidate’s “body man,” Garrett Jackson. National political correspondent Jim Acosta spoke with Jackson, who reveals Romney’s morning routine and shares what happened behind the scenes at a recent dinner with Obama in New York.

Coverage during the presidential debate will include:

  • Real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group at University of Central Florida in Orlando.
  • A running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time.

Post-debate coverage will feature:

  • Political fact checks from the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman from the network’s virtual studio.
  • A CNN/ORC International poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate.
  • A team of International correspondents standing by to provide global perspective.

Where to watch:

  • CNN will air special coverage of the debate beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The 90-minute debate will air live beginning at 9 p.m. and will replay at 12:30am. The debate will again air in its entirety beginning at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
  • Starting at 7 p.m., CNN will live stream the network’s TV coverage and debate-related programming to CNN.com/Debates and through CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Using new clip-and-share technology, CNN.com users can capture and edit their favorite debate moments directly from CNN’s live broadcast and share their videos on Facebook and Twitter.

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