The Washington Times - October 31, 2011, 03:43PM

The National Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday said it has selected three sites it would like to host debates next October between the eventual presidential nominees.

The current schedule calls for an Oct. 3 debate at the University of Denver in Colorado, an Oct. 11 debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and an Oct. 26 debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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A vice presidential candidates debate would take place on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

The schedule is not binding and the eventual candidates will have to agree on the number and location, though there have been three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate for the past three elections.

To get onto the stage next year, a candidate must appear on enough ballots to be able to win a majority of electoral college votes and must have at least 15 percent support in a series of polls.

The commission, a nonprofit group, has sponsored all the general election debates since 1988.