Here’s a rundown on some of tonight’s debate-watch events for the first match between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama:
In partnership with the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College, CCRI’s DebateWatch will bring citizens from across Rhode Island and neighboring states to campus for the televised presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. The schedule is as follows:
- 7 p.m., Doors open
- 8 p.m., Town meeting
- 9 p.m., Debate followed by focus group discussions
The town hall-type meeting prior to the debate will be moderated by Channel 10′s Bill Rappleye and Channel 6′s Mark Curtis. They will conduct “Meet the Press”-style interviews with many of the state’s past and current office holders and political experts. Next, the crowd will view the presidential debate at 9 p.m. on large screens. Focus group discussions led by trained facilitators will take place immediately after the debate.
– The campaign of David Cicilline, who has based his campaign in large part on linking GOP opponent Brendan Doherty with Romney, is taking part in the Local 121 event.
– After taking part in a “Women for Doherty” event at the Westin Providence, Doherty is probably going to watch the debate at his home, according to campaign spokesman Dave Layman.
– Republican Party chairman Mark Zaccaria says he’s taking part in the CCRI event, along with his Democratic Party counterpart Ed Pacheco.