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Preparations are taking place Sunday outside the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in Cleveland ahead of the first presidential debate, scheduled for Tuesday.

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Preparations are taking place Sunday outside the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in Cleveland ahead of the first presidential debate, scheduled for Tuesday.

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President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will debate for the first time on Tuesday night, in the first of three presidential debates.

Here are the details:

When? Tuesday, September 29, from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we’ll have live video online.)

Where? Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. (The University of Notre Dame was originally supposed to host but cited the coronavirus pandemic in pulling out.)

Who moderates? Chris Wallace, anchor, Fox News Sunday

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, seen here during a presidential debate in 2016, will host Tuesday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, seen here during a presidential debate in 2016, will host Tuesday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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What will be the topics? Wallace selected the following topics:

  • Trump and Biden’s Records
  • The Supreme Court
  • COVID-19[female[feminine
  • the economy
  • race and violence in american cities
  • election integrity

The topics of debate are not without controversy. Three dozen Democratic senators signed a letter calling for the debates to also focus on the climate crisis, and critics objected to the wording of the fifth topic, saying it conflated issues of race and violence.

The sixth topic comes as Trump has failed to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

What is the format? The debate will consist of six segments to address the above topics, with each segment lasting approximately 15 minutes.

Each contestant will have two minutes to answer the opening question for each segment. Candidates will also have the opportunity to respond to each other.

What is the state of play before this first debate? Biden is currently the frontrunner, with polls leading in the national average and in many key states.

Will there be more debates? Yes, Tuesday’s debate is the first of four scheduled debates. Here are the others:

  • October 7: Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris
  • October 15: second presidential debate
  • October 22: third presidential debate


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