What time is the second presidential debate tonight? Where to watch and live stream Trump vs. Biden

The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will take place tonight, less than two weeks before the November 3 election.

The presidential candidates will discuss the fight against COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership during the debate, which will be moderated by NBC’s correspondent at the White House Kristen Welker and hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

What time is the presidential debate tonight?

The second presidential debate between Trump and Biden will begin at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. PT, and will last 90 minutes without commercial breaks.

Most major news networks will also host coverage of the before and after debate, so viewers may want to tune in a bit earlier and plan to watch a bit longer.

US President Donald Trump (left) and Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden in the first presidential debate on September 29, 2020. Trump and Biden will face each other in the final debate on October 22, 2020.
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Where to watch the presidential debate?

Most of the major news networks will broadcast the debate on television, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. These networks will also likely broadcast the debate online, either on their own websites or on their YouTube channels.

Tonight’s debate will be the last between Trump and Biden, following their first debate on September 29 (in which they discussed their cases, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in the cities, and the integrity of the election) and their separate events at City Hall on October 15.

The second debate was supposed to be a town hall-style event attended by both Trump and Biden, but following Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and his refusal to virtually debate Biden, presidential candidates ended up organize separate town hall events that aired at the same time.

Therefore, while tonight will only be the second debate on Trump and Biden, it will also be the last debate of this presidential election season, with Election Day less than two weeks away, November 3.

Tonight’s debate may look a little different as the Presidential Debates Committee (CPD) announced on Monday that the presidential candidate’s microphones will be muted while the other makes his opening remarks. After opening remarks on each topic, the microphones will be activated and Trump and Biden will then have time to discuss the topic.

The measure came into effect following the first debate which was widely seen as messy, as Trump, Biden and moderator Chris Wallace spoke to each other frequently, at one point prompting Biden to tell Trump to shut up.

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