The first presidential debate in the 2020 election will take place on Tuesday, September 29.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet in the debate phase for the first time when they bid to win over American voters before election day. This debate will be the first of three during the 2020 election cycle.
Biden and Trump are the oldest presidential candidates ever met in a televised debate, 77 and 74 respectively.
Here’s everything you need to know about the first presidential debate, including how to watch it live.
When is the presidential debate?
The debate will be broadcast without advertising from 18 to 19:30 PT on Tuesday, September 29.
How to watch the presidential debate online
The debate will be seen on all major networks and their websites, such as ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. The debate will also stream live on C-SPAN’s YouTube page.
We will embed a stream at the top of this page when it goes live.
Who moderates the debate?
There were several debate moderators in previous years, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, debate organizers choose one moderator per debate.
Chris Wallace from Fox News on Sunday will moderate Tuesday’s debate.
Where is the debate?
The debate will take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. While the candidates and moderators will appear in person, there will be no audience like in recent years due to the pandemic.
What topics will be discussed in the debate?
Topics of choice were chosen by Wallace and include the Supreme Court (and probably Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor), the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in American cities, and the integrity of the election.
When are the next debates?
The second presidential debate will take place at 18.00 PT on Thursday 15 October. The debate will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami and will be moderated by C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully.
The third and final presidential debate will be held at 6 pm on Thursday 22 October. The debate is scheduled to take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be moderated by NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor Today weekend Kristen Welker.
A single vice presidential debate between Republican candidate Mike Pence and Democratic candidate Kamala Harris will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 10. The debate will take place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and will be moderated by USA Today Washington President Susan Page.