President Donald Trump will debate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tonight in Cleveland. Here’s a preview of the contest and what you need to know, including when and how to tune in.
Trump and Biden meet for first debate of 2020
President Donald Trump will square off against former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio for the first of three presidential debates scheduled for the 2020 election contest.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the two will be physically distanced and the traditional opening handshake will not occur, the Associated Press reported.
Watching or listening to the debate
Tonight’s debate will be held at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. The contest will run for 90 minutes beginning at 9 PM ET and wrapping up at 10:30 PM.
The feed of the debate will be carried by all major networks and their radio, as well as online outlets, including C-SPAN and PBS, Deadline reported. SiriusXM Satellite Radio will air the debate on numerous channels.
The debate will also be streamed on a variety of online platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation, as well as social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
Six topics will be discussed
The debate will be moderated by Fox’s Chris Wallace and has six topics of discussion are on the agenda for the candidates:
- The Trump and Biden Records
- The Supreme Court
- The Economy
- Race and Violence in our Cities
- The Integrity of the Election
However, it can be readily expected that the candidates themselves are likely to introduce topics of their own.
One topic that Biden, or even the host may introduce, is that of the recent New York Times report alleging that President Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years, and paid only $750 in both 2016 and 2017, 3 WKYC Studios reported.
A debate amid multiple crises
The debate comes at a time when America is under siege on many fronts:
COVID-19: An alarming resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic that has left over 200,000 Americans dead.
Employment: A spike in unemployment last week at just under 900,000.
Climate change: Concerns about climate change amid unprecedented wildfires in the West and a hyperactive hurricane season.
Racial injustice: A number of police-involved shootings of black Americans, igniting widespread protests, and prompting some states to declare racism a public-health crisis.
Education: The disruptions and/or shuttering of schools and difficulty of virtual education for some students, as well as making schools safe from COVID-19.
SCOTUS: The timing of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump’s effort to fill the seat before the election.
Biden leads Trump in national polls
Poll-tracking website, RealClearPolitics, which tracks national polls, is currently giving Joe Biden an overall 6.6 percentage point lead over President Trump in its aggregate average of national polls.