WETA helps you stay up to date with the candidates and issues this election season!
The countdown to Election Day is in full swing and it’s just a matter of weeks before history is made yet again. Whether you are fully confident and eager to cast your vote or on the fence about your choice, staying atop of the political coverage is crucial. Let WETA be your primary source for Election 2012 coverage. Regardless of who gets your vote, with WETA on your side, you’ll be more informed thanks to all our great political programming this month! Here’s what you have to look forward to:
The First Presidential Debate 2012
Kick off campaign season by tuning in tonight at 9:00 to watch the First Presidential Debate. Moderated by PBS’ own Jim Lehrer (who has served as moderator in eleven nationally televised presidential debates thus far), questions posed to President Obama and Governor Romney will center on domestic policy. The debate will be divided into six segments of fifteen minutes each, with the first half focusing on the economy, and the second half on health care, the role of government, and governing.
Don’t miss out on the Presidential Debate that will surely set the tone for the remainder of the election. Watch the First Presidential Debate tonight at 9:00 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
The Virginia Senatorial Debate 2012
Watch important coverage of the Virginia Senatorial candidates debating the issues that matter to Virginians. Senatorial candidates Tim Kane (Democrat) and George Allen (Republican) will face off in the second of three debates between the two former Virginia governors. Issues on the agenda? Social issues, foreign policy, the economy….and everything from gay marriage to America’s role in Afghanistan.
Don’t miss out on this debate, as the Virginia race is one of only a few in the country that will decide if Republicans or Democrats will hold the power in the United States Senate come January. Watch Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.
Frontline: The Choice 2012
A former community organizer. A businessman in the private sector. You’ve heard their plans for America and know their views on the issues. You’ve seen their birth certificates and read their tax returns. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have told America their stories…but with all the buzz, what information do you really need for this election? Go beyond the headlines, tabloids, political advertisements, and Super PACs, and let the Frontline political team give you a detailed outline of each candidate in the two-hour documentary, Frontline: The Choice 2012.
Through over one-hundred interviews with the candidates’ friends, family, and political associates, Frontline: The Choice 2012 explores how President Barack Obama became America’s first African American President, and why Mitt Romney transformed from businessman to rising politician. Though their political outlooks differ as much as their histories, health-care reform remains a focal issue for both and Frontline is here to help sort out the facts.
Watch Frontline: The Choice 2012 Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Also catch this special episode of Frontline October 26 at 9:00pm and November 5 at 10:00pm.
Vice Presidential Debate 2012
The Vice Presidential candidates may have more in common than you’d think. Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan are both Roman Catholics, and have working-class backgrounds. They are each family men; when Biden’s children were young he commuted two hours by train each day to Washington and back, and Ryan budgets valuable campaigning time for camping trips and hunting lessons with his three children. And when the Green Bay Packers are playing, Biden and his opponent Ryan are rooting along. Nonetheless, the pair are football fields apart on some major issues under consideration for this national election. And when it comes to choosing your Vice President, knowing their stances on those issues is of the utmost importance and WETA is providing you with access to the Vice Presidential Debate.
In the second of the four general election debates, watch Vice Presidential candidates Biden and Ryan in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate. Focusing on foreign and domestic policy, the debate will be divided into nine ten-minute segments. Moderated by Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, Americans can expect to see the candidates battle for their significant Presidential candidate’s votes.
Don’t miss out on the highest profile event for the Vice Presidential candidates before the election. Brought to you by PBS NewsHour, watch the Vice Presidential Debate Thursday, October 11 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
WETA brings you an insightful and thought provoking PBS Election 2012 special: Race 2012. In the hopeful race to the White House, how much stock do the candidates put into race? Race 2012 examines the racial landscape of America and explores the effects of race on the election and politics in a country which is as ethnically diverse and varying from coast to coast as are the streets of New York City and the hills of Kansas.
Focusing on the current presidential election at hand, judge for yourself the importance of winning one ethnicity’s vote over another. Can candidates really appeal to an entire race and guarantee their support? Does one race have more “value” than another? Among other issues, Race 2012 investigates how immigrants have reconstructed the American electoral landscape and the declining influence of white voters in an ever-increasingly ethnic America.
Watch Race 2012 Tuesday, October 12 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
Second and Third Presidential Debates 2012
Election Day may be just a few weeks away, but there’s still a lot more to hear from the candidates! Watch the final two parts of the Presidential Debates:
Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00pm: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will debate foreign and domestic policy in a town meeting format (citizens to pose questions) moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent, Candy Crowley.
Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:00pm: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will wrap up the debates with one final round focusing on foreign policy. Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS, will moderate.