President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face each other in person for the first time on Tuesday, and judging by Trump’s ridiculous insistence that Biden take a drug test before taking the stage , it’s probably going to be ugly.
But more concerning than all the low blows Trump can direct at Biden’s cognitive ability (which appears to be fine compared to the president’s), is the volume of lies he should be gargling on the podium as he answers questions from moderator Chris Wallace – or pressure from former vice president. Sadly, Biden will be the only one to correct Trump’s misrepresentation. Presidential Debate Committee co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. told CNN on Sunday that Wallace won’t do any fact-checking. “The function of the commission is to put on television, in front of the people of the United States, the two candidates,” he said, channeling Mark Zuckerberg. “They’ll act the way they’re going to act, we have no control over it, and then it’s up to them to make a judgment based on what they saw.”
This will leave Biden in the awkward position of duty. balance pushes back about Trump’s lies with driving the conversation himself. It will be a daunting task, especially for someone who has been inconsistent during the Democratic primary debates, none of which featured such a formidable opponent as Trump. We will know on Tuesday whether to what extent he can control the narrative.
Here’s all you need to know:
How to watch the 2020 presidential debate?
The first presidential debate will take place on Tuesday, September 29 at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. It will start at 9 p.m. ET and will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks.
You would be hard pressed to avoid it if you tried. The debate will be broadcast live on all major networks, as well as on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS and Univision. Several networks and points of sale are broadcasting the debate online. You can also get a free try to a live streaming service like Vidgo Where Slingshot television, both of which broadcast a number of news channels for full coverage of the debate (Sling’s package includes 10 hours of DVR if you want to pause, record or replay the debate). the C-SPAN YouTube page is always a good option.
What are the subjects of debate?
The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. Each segment will cover a different topic selected by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace. The subjects are:
- The Trump and Biden records
- The Supreme Court
- The economy
- Race and violence in our cities
- The integrity of the election
It’s unclear exactly what some of these topics will cover, especially “The Trump and Biden Records” which may or may not cover. The New York Times’ reported Sunday that Trump has avoided paying taxes for years and is currently in debt of $ 421 million.
Healthcare and the climate crisis are noticeably absent from the role, but we noted last week, all problem is a climate problem.
When will the second presidential debate be held?
The second presidential debate will take place on Thursday, October 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. It will be moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN and formatted as a town hall, with candidates answering questions from non-engaged voters.
The third and final presidential debate will take place the following week, Thursday, October 22, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be hosted by Kristen Welker of NBC News and formatted identically to the first debate.
A Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will take place on Wednesday, October 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. It will be moderated by Susan Page of USA today, and has nine 10-minute segments.
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