The latest news on the October 22 Lynn presidential debate is that the candidates will address foreign policy, a topic that dovetails perfectly with the college’s student population—which is 25 percent international students.

“With students from 80 countries and 40 states, we have a 50-year heritage of internationalism,” said President Kevin M. Ross. “We look forward to welcoming the world to our campus and hosting a conversation on foreign policy with America’s next leader.”

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which announced the four debate formats yesterday, Lynn’s 90-minute debate will begin at 9 p.m. and will consist of six 15-minute segments on topics selected by the moderator. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question followed by a discussion on the topic facilitated by the moderator. The CPD will announce the moderator in August. 

The formats for the other 90-minute debates are as follows:

First presidential debate (October 3, 2012, University of Denver, Denver, CO)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a 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 topic.

Vice presidential debate (October 11, 2012, Centre College, Danville, KY)

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.

Second presidential debate (October 16, 2012, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town hall 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.

Third presidential debate (October 22, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL)

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