Time of presidential debate, schedule of final face-to-face between Trump and Biden

The second and final presidential debate will take place this week, ahead of the November 3 elections. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face off Thursday night in the second rather than the third presidential debate. after the separate town hall events of Biden and Trump last week.

Biden and Trump were scheduled to debate at a town hall event on Oct. 15, but following Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, presidential candidates ended up staging two separate events that aired simultaneously.

Now Biden and Trump are set to debate for the second and final time before the election.

When will the second presidential debate be held?

The second and final presidential debate will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. ET on October 22.

However, coverage can begin before 9:00 p.m., and analysis and commentary will continue after 10:30 p.m.

Where will the second presidential debate be held?

The debate will take place at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. The university shared images of the campus illuminated in red and blue ahead of the debate on Twitter and said, “The campus looks very special for the week of the debate! Check the lights.”

How long does the presidential debate last?

The debate will last 90 minutes without commercial interruption and divided into six segments of 15 minutes each. Presidential candidates will have two minutes to discuss each topic without interruption before moving on to the debate on the topic under consideration.

The Presidential Debates Committee (CPD) announced on Monday that candidates’ microphones will be muted when the other candidate delivers his opening speech, following the chaotic first debate in which the candidates and the moderator frequently spoke to each other.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The presidential candidates will face each other in the second and final debate, Thursday, October 22, before the presidential election.
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The CPD said: “The Commission announces today that in order to apply this agreed rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules.

“For the remainder of each segment, which by design is meant to be dedicated to open discussion, the microphones for both candidates will be open.”

Who will moderate the second presidential debate?

NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker will host the second presidential debate.

The topics for debate are chosen by the moderator, so according to Welker, Biden and Trump will discuss six topics: the fight against COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

These debates will be broadcast by all major news outlets on television, via streaming services and live streams hosted online by various news outlets.

The graph below Statistical demonstrates the share of US voters who said the debates were helpful in deciding who to vote for.

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This graph from Statista shows the percentage of U.S. voters who said the presidential debates were helpful in deciding who to vote for.

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