The 2020 presidential debate topics have been revealed as former vice president Joe Biden and current president Donald Trump prepare for multiple debates before Election Day.
According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the first debate is scheduled on Tuesday, September 29 at 9 p.m. EST, and will run for 90 minutes without commercial interruptions. The location of the first debate will be at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The moderator, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace, has selected the topics for the upcoming debate.
- The Trump and Biden Records
- The Supreme Court
- The Economy
- Race and Violence in our Cities
- The Integrity of the Election
“The format for the first debate calls for six 15-minute time segments dedicated to topics announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country.” according to the CPD.
The second presidential debate is scheduled on Thursday, October 15, and will be moderated by Steve Scully.
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area,” according to the CPD. “The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.”
The final presidential debate will take place on Thursday, October 22, and will be moderated by Kristen Welker, who is a White House Correspondent for NBC News, and co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.”
“As always, the moderators alone will select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates,” according to the CPD. “The moderators will have the ability both to extend the segments and to ensure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur.”