2020 Presidential Debate Schedule

One of the most important Presidential elections in the history of our country is on the horizon.

With social distancing protocols likely to remain in place for weeks, or even months, there’s uncertainty surrounding every key element of the 2020 Presidential election process, including the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. We know that in this moment, civic engagement is critical, and to vote and have your voice heard is essential to existing within social contract.

In order to vote wisely, we must be armed with knowledge – information to own, and much more importantly, to share. And sometimes, being informed is as simple as knowing when and where to tune in.  

The Commission on Presidential Debates will host three Presidential debates and one Vice-Presidential debate in the months of September and October.

Here is all the critical information you need to know about the debate schedule:

First Presidential Debate

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Location: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (This was originally scheduled to be held at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame withdrew, saying the fact that it would have to limit student attendance and volunteer opportunities because of the pandemic erases the reason to host a debate at the university).

Time: 6 p.m. PST

Where to watch: The Washington Post will have an uninterrupted live stream of the debate. It will also be carried on most major news stations.

Moderator: Chris Wallace, anchor of “Fox News Sunday”

Details: The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into six 15-minute segments that Wallace has chosen. They are:

  • The Trump and Biden records
  • The Supreme Court
  • Covid-19
  • The economy
  • Race and violence in cities
  • The integrity of the election

Vice-Presidential Debate

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Location: The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. As of now, the university has not reversed its decision to hold this debate.

Time: 6 p.m. PST

Where to watch: The Washington Post will have an uninterrupted live stream of the debate. It will also be carried on most major news stations.

Moderator: Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, USA Today

Details: The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into nine segments of 10 minutes each.

Second Presidential Debate – CANCELED

Thursday, Oct. 15

Third Presidential Debate

Thursday, Oct. 22

Location: Belmont University in Nashville. As of now, the university has not reversed its decision to hold this debate.

Time: 6 p.m. PST

Where to watch: The Washington Post will have an uninterrupted live stream of the debate. It will also be carried on most major news stations.

Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of “Today Weekend”

Details: The debate will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks. It will be divided into six 15-minute segments that the moderator gets to choose and is expected to announce at least a week before the debate.

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