Pence and Harris will take the stage at 9 p.m. ET tonight (Wednesday). The event will be 90 minutes long with the conclusion coming around 10:30 p.m. There will be no commercial breaks during the live broadcast of the debate.
Utah University in Salt Lake City, Utah will provide the backdrop for the highly anticipated debate. Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today Susan Page will moderate the event that will divide into 10-minute segments, according to NJ.com.
The broadcast will be available on a multitude of media outlets and can be viewed on numerous cable television channels. Stations carrying the debate include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. You can also find livestreams of the event on C-SPAN’s YouTube channel and CBS’ YouTube channel. It is also available for viewing on Twitter by going to “Explore” and clicking on “U.S. Elections.”
The debate has taken on more significance since President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization. Trump has since been released from the hospital and says he still plans on debating Joe Biden on October 15 in Miami. The situation has called into question numerous safety concerns for the remaining debate schedule.
Safety measures for the Vice President and challenger will be highly visible during the broadcast. Some experts have suggested an in-person debate is a health risk to both candidates but the event will go on with extra precautions.
Plexiglass will be used to protect both Pence and Harris against the spread of COVID-19. Event organizers will also space the candidates 13 feet apart instead of only seven feet apart.