This time, the candidates will be sitting at a table (you can see Romney walking towards it at right). Maybe we'll get lucky and someone will bang his fist on the table. The Atlantic Wire will be live GIF-blogging all the shouts and murmurs.
Here are the declared topics:
- America’s role in the world
- Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Red Lines – Israel and Iran
- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – I
- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism – II
- The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World
Schieffer will probably try to work in the latest news. On the "red lines" question -- which has neatly already been transformed from a complex problem to a pictograph -- he'll probably ask about the New York Times report that Iran and the U.S. have agreed "in principle" to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. On the "changing Middle East" questions, Schieffer will probably ask about the Washington Post report that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was using CIA talking points when she said the attacks on our Benghazi consulate happened during a protest, as well as that the U.S. had drones flying over the city. On China, the candidates will be asked about their protectionist ads they've been running in Ohio. But Romney and Obama aren't all that different on foreign policy. And that's why their facial expressions will be an important part of their performances, and why we'll be grabbing and looping the best ones.