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A Fun (and Educational) Way to Watch the 2012 Debates!

The 2012 presidential election debates are upon us! It is important for all of us to pay attention to what our candidates are saying in order to make an informed decision—whatever that decision may be—on November 6. This “Bingo” style card (see attachment below) is a way to help you do just that. Listed on our BINGO card are issues that we feel are important and should be discussed within the October presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Use these cards (we suggest one for each candidate, but you could use two different colored pens or markers) to circle whether or not you agree (+) or disagree (-) with that candidate’s stance on the various issues. See if you can get a BINGO win when one candidate fills a whole row (or even more!) with plans you can support now and on November 6th.

Note: It is unlikely that the candidates will use the identical phrases as those on your card. We encourage you to use the phrases we provide as a guide - choose your answer based on the way a candidate’s message fits in with your belief around whether he will address the issue adequately should he be elected.

Any important issues not mentioned in any of the debates? Send a note to the candidates through our website:

Debate Schedule

Did you know you can use Twitter to tweet at the moderators and request a specific question at the debates? We have included each moderator’s Twitter handle in case you are interested in doing so.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Presidential Debate on Domestic Policy
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS, (Twitter: @NewsHour)

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Vice Presidential Debate on Foreign & Domestic Policy
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC News, (Twitter: @MarthaRaddatz)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Presidential Town Meeting on Foreign & Domestic Policy
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
Moderator: Candy Crowley, CNN, (Twitter: @crowleyCNN)

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy
Location: Lynn Univer