The first formal Presidential debate between Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) will be held tonight at 9pm EDT. This is the first of three scheduled general election debates between the two major-party candidates. Third-party candidates are excluded from participation.

Tonight’s debate will be held at the University of Mississippi and will be moderated by PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer. The official topic of the evening is foreign policy and national security.

I strongly recommend that all Americans watch this debate, as well as the remaining Presidential and Vice Presidential debates between now and the November elections. For unfettered coverage, I recommend watching the debates on C-SPAN rather than any of the commercial broadcast and cable news outlets.