Here's what to expect in the first 2020 presidential debate between Trump and Biden

By Arit John, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

After months of trading barbs through social media, speeches, TV ads and two nominating conventions, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet face to face - and at least 6 feet apart - on Tuesday for the first presidential debate.

The presidential race has been stable for the last few months, with polls showing Biden ahead. Though it's unclear what would change voters' minds at this point in the race, the debate will give both Biden, 77, and Trump, 74, a chance to demonstrate their mental agility after facing attacks from one another.

Both candidates have been preparing in their own ways. Biden is prepping with advisers, and the president is watching the former vice president's 2008 and 2012 debates.

Here's what you need to know ahead of the debate:

- What time is the debate?

The debate will start at 9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday and last 90 minutes, with no commercial breaks. It will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


The University of Notre Dame in Indiana had been planning to host, but the school announced in July that it was withdrawing because health and safety precautions would reduce the educational value for its students. Tuesday's debate is being co-hosted by the Cleveland Clinic, which will advise the private, nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on health security for all the debates.

- How do I watch?

The major news networks - ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC - will air the debate on TV as well as stream it on their apps and websites. C-SPAN will air it on TV, its website and its YouTube channel.

- Who is moderating?


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