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2020 Presidential Debates Schedule and Info

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2020 Presidential Debates

When and where are the 2020 presidential debates, and what will be discussed in those debates?

From the names of the moderators to the locations, and of course, the dates of the debates, we’re tracking it all here. The Commission on Presidential Debates has set the schedule for 2020, cementing three encounters between the presidential candidates and one between the vice presidential candidates. Only Republican and Democratic candidates, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, have been invited to participate.

After each debate has concluded, we will list some of the topics discussed in each; we’ll let all of you out there in the bandwidth ether decide who “won.” We are just interested in telling you who we think is going to win the main event, and you can check our predictions any time.

2020 Presidential Debates: Map

2020 Presidential Debate Schedule (Including Vice Presidential Debate)

September 29, 2020 (Tuesday)Presidential Debate #1 (Trump vs. Biden)Cleveland, OH (Case Western Univ.)Chris Wallace (Fox News)
October 7, 2020 (Wednesday)Vice Presidential Debate (Pence vs. Harris)Salt Lake City, UT (Univ. of Utah)Susan Page (USA Today)
October 15, 2020 (Thursday)Presidential Debate #2 (Trump vs. Biden)Miami, FL (Arsht Center)Steve Scully (C-SPAN)
October 22, 2020 (Thursday)Presidential Debate #3 (Trump vs. Biden)Nashville, TN (Belmont Univ.)Kristen Welker (NBC)

Initial Notes on the Debates

The two main presidential candidates will be hanging out in the East as all three debates are on the east side of the Mississippi River. It also figures that Florida, our key tipping point state, would have such a prominent place in these debates.

These do not always take part in swing states, however. In 2020, for example, two of the debates are in Tennessee and Utah, contests which nobody expects to be competitive.

This will be President Donald Trump’s second wave of debates. Joe Biden is taking part for a third time; he participated in the 2008 and 2012 vice presidential debates. The only pure newcomer to the debates is Kamala Harris, as Mike Pence also participated in 2016.

Second Debate Cancelled

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was cancelled. It was slated to be a virtual debate as of Thursday, October 8, but will not take place at all.

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