Presidential Debates

Schedule set for presidential debates

Nine days to go before the first of the presidential debates. The schedule and locations were announced formally last night. The debates will be held in Coral Gables, Florida, St. Louis and Tempe, Arizona.

Both sides quickly agreed to two of the three -- one focusing on foreign policy, the other on domestic issues. The sticking point was the middle debate in which questions will be asked by an audience of more than 100 undecided voters.

Bush campaign negotiators were worried there could be John Kerry "plants" in the group and they pushed hard for an equitable mix of voters who are leaning toward voting for Bush and others who are leaning toward Kerry. There will be one vice presidential debate between Vice President Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards on October fifth in Cleveland.