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US Election debate schedule: Full timetable of every presidential debate – Trump vs Biden
September 28, 2020
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Although the Democrats and Republicans will come face-to-face in national debates as always, this year the showdown has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The debates are likely to be the only times Donald Trump and Joe Biden face each other before Election Day comes in November, in what is proving to be one of the most important elections in the US’s political history.
Full timetable of every presidential debate
The first presidential debate between Mr Trump and Mr Biden is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, and will kick off at 9pm Eastern Time, meaning UK viewers won’t be able to watch until 2am.
Tomorrow’s debate is being held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
The debate will go on for 90 minutes without any advert breaks.
It will be structured by splitting into 15-minute segments focusing on six different topics, chosen by Mr Wallace and announced in advance of the debate.
The second debate will take place on October 7 and will take place between current Vice President Mike Pence and running Vice President Kamala Harris.
The showdown between Mr Pence and Ms Harris will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The debate will also last 90 minutes and be moderated by Susan Page, a journalist from the newspaper USA Today.
Just like Mr Biden and Mr Trump’s debate, the discussion will be split into 10-minute segments.
October 15 will be see the second debate between Mr Biden and Mr Trump take place in the Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts in Miami.
The debate will kick off at 9pm US time, meaning people in the UK would have to stay up until 2am to catch it.
The 90-minute debate will be moderated by Steve Scully from the public service network C-SPAN.
It will take the form of a town hall event in which Miami residents in the audience ask their own questions to the candidates.
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Mr Biden and Mr Trump will be given two minutes to answer each question and the moderator will be allowed an additional minute to enable follow-up queries.
The last presidential debate will be at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22.
Once again, the debate will kick off at 9pm US time, meaning it won’t be on TV in the UK until 2am.
The event will, once again, be on TV for 90 minutes and divided into 15-segments on pre-prepared topics.
Mr Biden and Mr Trump’s last head-to-head will be moderated by NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker.
Can I watch the debates in the UK?
Yes, the debates will be streamed and people will be able to watch in the UK.
All the major US networks will be showing the debates, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
The networks will have the event available to stream online via their websites, as well as apps on Amazon Fire, Android, Roku and Apple TV services.
Other news outlets, like the Washington Post, will be streaming the first debate live from their YouTube channels.