미국 민주당과 공화당의 사실상 대선 후보인 바락 오바마 상원의원과 존 맥케인 상원의원은 11월 4일 대통령 선거일이전에 세차례의 공개토론회를 갖기로 합의했다고 21일 함께 발표했습니다.

공개토론회는 9월 말 부터 시작해 10월 한달 동안 열릴 예정이며 대외정책과, 국토안보, 경제 정책과 국내 정책 등에 초점을 맞출예정입니다.

아직 정해지지 않은 민주, 공화 양당의 부통령 후보자들 또한 10월 2일 공개토론회를 가질 것으로 계획돼있습니다.

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U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama today (Thursday) jointly announced they will take part in three presidential debates before the November general election.

The debates are scheduled to take place in late September and October and will focus on foreign policy, national security, and economic and domestic policy.

A debate between the still-unnamed vice presidential candidates is scheduled for October 2nd.

On the campaign trail today, Senator Obama lashed out against McCain, mocking the Arizona senator for reportedly being unsure of how many homes he and his wife own.

In (the city of Chester, in the eastern state of)Virginia, the Democratic senator portrayed his Republican opponent as someone who is out of touch with struggling Americans.

Obama also accused McCain of "backpedaling" (backing away from his position)for denying that he had questioned Obama's patriotism by suggesting that Obama put his personal ambitions ahead of the country's interests.

Senator McCain had no public events scheduled today.