The first 2020 Presidential Debate is happening Tuesday, September 29th at 9pm.
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Debate #1: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 9pm
Debate Location: Cleveland, OH (hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic)
Debate Moderator: Chris Wallace (FOX News)
First Presidential Debate Format:
The 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 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 moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.
All debates will be moderated by a single individual and will run from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time without commercial breaks. As always, the moderators alone will select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates. The moderators will have the ability both to extend the segments and to ensure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur.
(format announced on June 23, 2020)
Learn more about The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD): www.debates.org/about-cpd