President Trump and Joe Biden will be waging their war of words in person when they take the debate stage in Cleveland on September 29 for the first of three debates before Election Day. The two candidates have plenty to discuss. The coronavirus is still a menace nearly no officers would be indicted for their roles in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, ., while the deaths of Black people at the hands of police have stirred long-present social unrest. The U.S. has surpassed , and Kentucky’s attorney general announced that
Mr. Trump threaten the future of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that established abortion rights nearly 50 years ago. Also at risk is the nation’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which is the subject of a Supreme Court case that will be heard a week after Election Day.to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Barrett’s confirmation will solidify the court’s 6-3 conservative majority, and potentially
Add to all of this the layer of smoke created by unprecedented wildfires on America’s West Coast. The fires, which have burned over three million acres just in California, are breaking records because existing risk factors have been .
How to watch the presidential debates
First debate: September 29
All debates will begin at 9 p.m. ET and run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
Moderator: “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.
Format: The commission said that this debate will be “divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each.” Wallace has chosen six topics, subject to change:
- The Trump and Biden Records
- The Supreme Court
- The Economy
- Race and Violence in our Cities
- The Integrity of the Election
The candidates, both of whom are known for straying off topic, have been instructed to stick to the subject of the question “in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country.” Topics for the other debates have yet to be announced.
According to CPD, Wallace 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,” a press release from CPD said.
Vice presidential debate: October 7
The sole vice presidential debate will take place on Wednesday, October 7, between Democratic Senatorand Vice President .
Location: The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Moderator: Susan Page of USA Today
Format: Also 90 minutes in length, Harris and Pence will tackle nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. “The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond,” according to CPD. “The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.”
Harris’ long career as a prosecutor has brought her criticism, but also prepared her well for the debate stage. She made headlines during the Democratic presidential debates for, even blasting the man who is now at the top of the ticket, Joe Biden.
Vice President Pence said on Fox News’ “Hannity” in August that he was excited about debating Harris. “I think she is a skilled debater, but I can’t wait to get to Salt Lake City and be on the stage — whether to compare Joe Biden’s nearly 50 years in public life, the agenda of the radical left, the agenda that she’s embraced throughout her political career — with the results of this president and this administration,” Pence told host Sean Hannity.
Second presidential debate: October 15
The second presidential debate will take place a week later on Thursday October 15.
Location: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
Moderator: Steve Scully of C-SPAN
Format: This debate will be a town-hall style event.
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area,” according to CPD. “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: October 22
The third and final debate will take place on October 22, less than two weeks before Election Day.
Location: Belmont University, Nashville
Moderator: Kristen Welker, the debate series’ only woman journalist, is a White House Correspondent for NBC News, as well as co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.”
Format: The format will be identical to the first presidential debate
“As always, the moderators alone will select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates,” according to CPD. “The moderators will have the ability both to extend the segments and to ensure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur.”