Everything you need to know about the 2020 Debates

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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will go head-to-head in three debates prior to the election. There is also one debate scheduled for their vice-presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.

How to Watch

All debates will be available on the Big Four networks which include CBS and live streamed on KRQE.com The vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 7, will also be broadcast nationwide and available on CBS as well as live streamed on KRQE.com


Tuesday Sept. 29: 1st Presidential Debate

  • Location: Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Time: 7 p.m. MT
  • Moderator: Chris Wallace, Fox News
  • Format: 90 minutes commercial-free with six 15-minute segments with topics selected in advance

While topics may not be brought up in this order, the debate is expected to focus on the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the current economy, race and violence in cities across the country, the Trump and Biden records, and the integrity of the election. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the topics on Sept. 22.

The commission explained that topics were “announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country.” Officials also noted that each talking point is “subject to possible changes because of news developments.” 


Wednesday Oct. 7: Vice-Presidential Debate

  • Location: University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Time: 7 p.m. MT
  • Moderator: Susan Page, USA Today
  • Format: 90 minutes, commercial-free, divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each

This will be the only vice presidential debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence which will take place in Salt Lake City on October 7. The debate will be 90 minutes, commercial-free and moderated by Susan Page of USA Today. It will also be divided into nine segments of about 10 minutes each.


Thursday Oct. 15: 2nd Presidential Debate Canceled

The Oct. 15 debate that would have been set up as a town hall with questions from audience members has been canceled. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday that the Oct. 15 faceoff would be scrapped. The decision was made a day after the commission announced the debate would take place “virtually” because Trump had contracted the coronavirus.

There is not a debate on Oct. 15, however, Biden and Trump will hold competing town halls Thursday. Both town halls will begin at 6 p.m. Biden’s town hall will be held on ABC, moderated by George Stephanopoulos and last 90 minutes with an additional half hour of analysis. Pres. Trump’s town hall will be on NBC and scheduled for an hour. “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie will moderate.


Thursday Oct. 22: 3rd Presidential Debate – Final

  • Location: Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Time: 7 p.m. MT
  • Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC
  • Format: 90 minutes, Commercial-free, six 15-minute segments with topics selected in advance

The Oct. 22 debate will start at 7 p.m. and will run for 90 minutes commercial-free. NBC’s Kristen Welker will moderate. The debate will consist of six 15-minute segments with topics selected in advance.

While topics may not be brought up in this order, the debate is expected to focus on fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the topics on Oct. 16.

The commission noted that each talking point is “subject to possible changes because of news developments.” 


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