First Presidential Debate Time, Schedule for Trump vs. Biden Head-to-Head

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden will take place tomorrow. They will discuss six topics over 90 minutes in the first of three presidential debates leading up to the 2020 election on November 3, 2020.

When is the first presidential debate for the 2020 election?

The first presidential debate for the 2020 election will take place on September 29, at 9 p.m. ET and it will run for 90 minutes, ending at 10.30 p.m. ET.

There will be no commercial breaks, and the presidential candidates will discuss six topics (chosen by the moderator) with 15 minutes allocated for each topic. The topics of the first debate are Trump's and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election.

Where will the first presidential debate be held?

The first presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The debate was originally scheduled for the University of Notre Dame, but the university withdrew due to the coronavirus pandemic, as they would have to limit student attendance and volunteer opportunities.

Presidential Debate 2020 Venue
A welcome banner hangs on the side of the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion on the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on September 27, 2020, in Cleveland Ohio, where the first presidential debate will take place. Getty/Eric Baradat

Who will moderate the first presidential debate?

The debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, an anchor for Fox News. Wallace first moderated a presidential debate in 2016, between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Will the presidential debate be in person?

Yes. Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden will appear on stage together but will be distanced and they will not shake hands. Only 80 to 90 audience members will be in attendance, and they will have all been tested for COVID-19.

When is the vice-presidential debate?

The vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will take place at 9-10.30 p.m. on October 7.

It will be held at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and will be moderated by Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief.

The topics for the vice-presidential debate will be announced a week before the debate. There will be nine topics and each topic will be discussed for 10 minutes each.

Presidential debate schedule

Following the first debate on September 29 and the vice-presidential debate on October 7, a second presidential debate will take place on October 15, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. It will be moderated by Steve Scully, the political editor at C-SPAN, and will be a town-hall-style event with undecided voters.

Finally, the third presidential debate will take place on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville. It will be moderated by Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of Weekend Today. The six topics will be announced a week before the event.