The first presidential debate will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Join the Central Contra Costa County Patch sites (Concord, Lamorinda, Martinez, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek) for a live chat during the debates. Our panelists of influential California Republicans and Democrats will be adding their observations in the Cover It Live blog above.
The panelists are:
- Gil Gonzales - Republican candidate for State Senate
- Nathan Mintz - former Republican candidate for State Assembly
- Jeff Kravitz - attorney, Democrat
- Michael Barber - San Mateo supervisor's aide, Democrat
- Kevin Hangman - Republican
Join the discussion by commenting below. Refresh your browser to see new comments. WATCH the debate LIVE by clicking the video to the right.
The debate begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to run to 7:30 p.m. Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off on domestic issues, including the economy, at the University of Denver in Colorado.
Please join our moderated discussion as we watch the debate. As always, we ask that comments be kept civil and respectful of our panelists and readers.
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