Finally, the time we have all been waiting for has come. Tonight, Democrat nominee Joe Biden will be stepping on the debate stage and facing President Trump in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election.
Over the past few weeks, speculation has surrounded the Biden campaign about the former vice president’s ability to debate after “calling a lid” on public appearances early in the morning almost every day. Now, I don’t want to call it too early, but barring any unforeseen circumstance, it seems it is officially too late for the former vice president to drop out the debate now, as we are within hours of when the candidates will take the stage.
Considering Biden’s many gaffes and lapses, it will be interesting to see how he fares next to President Trump, who has a sharp ability to quip back on the debate stage and with the media on a daily basis.
You will NOT want to miss the first time Biden and Trump stand side by side to compare ideas, so here are all the most important details.
Date and Time
The 90-minute debate will be held tonight (Tuesday, September 29th, 2020) at 9:00 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time. It will be held at Case Western Reserve University in the battleground state of Ohio.
How to Watch
Livestreams will be available on ABC, CBSN, and C-SPAN. Other major networks are set to air the debate as well, including CBS, Fox News, NBC, and NPR. Several YouTube channels will livestream the debate with or without commentary as well.
What Topics Will Be Discussed
The debate will be moderated by Fox News Sunday show host Chris Wallace, who is one of the network’s more moderate anchors.
Wallace revealed the six hot button topics he will be posing to the candidates.
- President Trump and Former VP Biden’s records in office
- Supreme Court
- Handling of COVID-19
- Restoring the Economy
- Race and Violence in U.S. Cities
- Election Integrity
The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments where each topic will be addressed. Candidates will each have two minutes to respond to the opening question of each segment and will proceed to debate.
The Tuesday debate will be the first of four scheduled debates to take place between the presidential candidates. While it is sure to be very telling in Biden’s cognitive ability to stand on the debate stage with the president, it will also determine his mental fitness to run the country in the event he wins. Considering the fact that we haven’t heard any policy directives from the Democrats, the stakes are higher than ever in the 2020 election and it is vital we all tune in to see what the candidates have to say.