2012 presidential debates scheduled in Denver, New York, Florida

Universities in Denver, New York and Florida will host three 2012 presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The commission announced three presidential and one vice presidential debate. 

The University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., will host the presidential debates, the commission announced. All three debates are set for October 2012 — the Denver debate will be Oct. 3, the Hofstra event will be Oct. 16 and the Lynn debate will be Oct. 22.

The vice presidential debate will be held at Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11.

The commission also announced that Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., will serve as a backup debate site. Washington University was the location for one of the 2008 debates between then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

The committee said that formats and moderators for the debates will be announced in 2012.

“The President looks forward to next year’s debates," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement. "Once the Republicans have selected their candidate, we will work through the details with their campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates.”

—This story was updated at 3:12 p.m.