2020 Presidential Debate Schedule

The dates and venues have been announced for the 2020 Presidential debates between President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee.

Watch Live: Final Debate Live Stream (Oct. 22)

The date for the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee, has been scheduled to take place on Oct. 7, 2020. Note the broadcast times and channels are identical for the Presidential debates and the Vice Presidential debate.

Tickets – Tickets for each debate are controlled by the hosting university and are extremely limited since the debates are primarily produced for television. The majority of tickets are distributed to host university students and faculty through a lottery system. See this page for all available ticketing details.

Live Streaming – All the major news networks will offer a free live stream as will YouTube and Twitter.

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC among others.

Start Time – The debates will air from 9 pm to 10:30 pm ET (8 pm – 9:30 pm CT, 7 pm – 8:30 pm MT, 6 pm – 7:30 pm PT)

2020 Presidential Debates

First Presidential Debate

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Full Video: Watch Full Debate Video
Moderator: Chris Wallace (Fox News)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Vice Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Full Video: Watch the Full VP Debate
Moderator: Susan Page (USA Today)
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Second Presidential Debate – Canceled

After the Commission on Presidential Debates announced this debate would be a “virtual” format with candidates appearing separately from remote locations, President Trump announced he would not be participating.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Canceled
Moderator: Steve Scully (C-SPAN)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL

Third Presidential Debate

Thursday, October 22, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Live Stream:
Watch Debate Live
Moderator: Kristen Welker (NBC News)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Debate Format

First presidential debate
The first Trump-Biden debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator, Chris Wallace, will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The remaining time will be used for further discussion fostered by the moderator.

Vice presidential debate
The Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator, Susan Page, will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The remaining time will be used for further discussion fostered by the moderator.

Second presidential debate
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be asked by citizens from the South Florida area. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator, Steve Scully, to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.

Third presidential debate
The third Trump-Biden debate will be an identical format to the first debate with moderator Kristen Welker facilitating the discussion and asking the questions.

Note: The First Presidential debate was originally scheduled to take place at the University Notre Dame but the venue was changed due to concerns over Coronavirus.

Note: The Second Presidential debate was originally scheduled to take place at the University of Michigan but the venue was changed due to concerns over Coronavirus.

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2020 Democratic Primary Debate Schedule