President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will go head-to-head in their first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time (2 a.m. West African Time) at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
The debate would be moderated by Chris Wallace, a journalist who works for conservative television network Fox News. It would last for approximately 90 minutes and run without commercials on networks and cable news outlets.
Chris Wallace of Fox News released a list of six general subject areas, including the (Trump and Biden records), (the supreme court, Covid-19), (the economy), (race and violence in our cities) and (the integrity of the election). These subjects are bound to change as news develops, he said.
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There are three presidential debates between Trump and Biden. They are scheduled to take place on September 29, October 15 and October 22, 2020.
The Vice presidential debate will take place next week Wednesday, October 7, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, while the second presidential debate (a town hall) is schedule to take place on Thursday, October 15, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. The third and last presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 22, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The first presidential debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News while the Vice presidential debate on October 7 will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today. The Second presidential debate (the town hall) will be moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN and the third presidential debate will be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News.
The 2020 United States presidential debates between the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election are being sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
The coronavirus which has killed more than 205,000 Americans would likely dominate the debate as well as revelations early this week that President Trump did not pay personal income taxes for 10 years. Biden is expected to portray Trump as a failed President while Trump is expected to portray himself as the law and order president.
CNN listed the format of the debate as the following
First presidential debate — Six segments of approximately 15 minutes eachFrom debates.org: “The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.”
Vice presidential debate — Nine segments of approximately 10 minutes eachThe commission’s note on this debate’s format is the same as the first debate, except it omits the line: “Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other.”
Second presidential debate — This is a town hall featuring questions posed by members of an audience of citizens from the South Florida areaFrom debates.org: “The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.”
Third presidential debate — Six segments of approximately 15 minutes eachThe format will be the same as the first debate, according to debates.org.
CNN noted that candidates can decide not to debate and “there was a move among some Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, to get Biden to skip the debates and rob Donald Trump of an opportunity to lie and misrepresent facts on a national stage. Biden rejected the idea and promised to be a “fact checker on the floor.” Conversely, Trump’s campaign at one point threatened to not take part because of bias among possible moderators. But they were bluffing.”