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CNN Radio News Day: October 22, 2012
The stage is set for the final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012.
October 22nd, 2012
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 22, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • The third and final presidential debate is tonight.  The focal point is foreign policy and it could be a decisive moment in the race.  But there is another story hovering over this one – serious questions about how the debates themselves are run.  Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf:

"We pick the dates, we pick the locations, we pick the moderators and we pick the format without any consultation with the candiates."

  • The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans will undoubtedly come up during tonight's presidential debate.  Mitt Romney is expected to question the president's response – specifically, the timeline of who knew what really happened and did they tell people fast enough.  CNN Security Correspondent Suzanne Kelly says the American people might be better served by a different discussion:

"Are there going to be more opportunities to carry out attacks like this in the future in Libya? What needs to be done to change that?  It seems like that would be a much more productive way to spend our time. "

  • Early, in-person voting got underway today in the key battleground state of Colorado.  Some registered voters there will cast ballots using tablet computers.  Amber McReynolds is the director of elections in the City and County of Denver:

"What it allows us to do is to use iPads as ballot marking devices, specifically at group residential facilities... like a nursing home or assisted living facility."

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