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2012 Presidential Election: Under Way in Earnest

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The U.S. presidential campaign is in full gear, now that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has named his running mate, Paul Ryan. Romney made the announcement in Norfolk, Va., aboard the USS Wisconsin.

Ryan, a Representative from Wisconsin, is the House Budget Committee chairman and the architect of a major budget that has won plaudits from many Republicans and scorn from many Democrats.

Next up for Romney and Ryan are a few weeks of campaigning leading up to the Republican National Convention, which takes place August 27-30 in Tampa Bay, Fla.

President Barack Obama and Vice-president Joe Biden will be campaigning in earnest in the next few weeks as well, heading into the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.

The candidates themselves and many advocates on their behalf will be appearing at campaign rallies and on television and radio ads. Both campaigns will maintain a vigorous online presence as well.

Four of the most visible campaign events leading up to the national election will be the presidential and vice-presidential debates:

  • Obama and Romney will take part in the first debate, with a focus on domestic policy on October 3 at the University of Denver.
  • The only vice-presidential debate will feature Ryan and Biden squaring off on both domestic and foreign policy on October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
  • Obama and Romney will participate in a town meeting format debate on both domestic and foreign policy on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
  • The final debate will be between the presidential candidates, with a focus on foreign policy, on October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

All debates will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

The presidential election takes place on November 6.



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