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Presidential Debates 2020: When, How To Watch First Trump-Biden Debate

by Halle Ames
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Tonight, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet up for the first presidential debate of 2020 at 9 p.m. ET. The event will last for 90 minutes.


The two presidential hopefuls will meet up at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, which is part of a joint health campus between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The Cleveland Clinic will also be the health security advisor for the four general elections debates.

Broadcast, Live-Streaming Information

The debate will be broadcasted by all major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. Viewers can also find the debate on the network’s corresponding apps on Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV. Youtube will also be live streaming the event.

Topics of Debate

The candidates will touch on six of these topics for 15 minutes each and in any random order. The topics include:

  • Trump & Biden records
  • American economy
  • The Supreme Court and nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Racial tensions, protests, and violence in American cities
  • Integrity of the 2020 presidential election

Points of Controversy Prior To Debate

Several things have hit headlines prior to the debate, centered around issues of the moderator, topics, and both candidates.

Moderator Chris Wallace has been under fire recently for not also covering the climate change crisis due to the incense hurricane season and the wildfires ravaging the West Coast. Wallace is a TV host for Fox News Sunday.

It is sure to be a heated debate, as Biden and Trump face off about many polar opposite opinions. Recent controversies involving tax records and mail-in votes have increased tensions among political parties and candidates.

Joe Biden hopped on the recent news of Donald Trump’s tax records by releasing his own returns just hours before the debate.

Donald Trump has been vocal about his belief that this is a ‘rigged’ presidential election. On Monday, the day before the first 2020 debate, the president posted a video paired with his own commentary claiming that some sort of cheating is occurring.

The next debate is set for October 15th, in advance of the 2020 November 3rd election day.

[H/T The Verge]