2020 Presidential Debates: Everything You Should Know About the First Presidential Debate

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face off at the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

The debate, which will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, will include six 15 minute segments “dedicated to topics announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country,” according to a statement from the Commission of Presidential debates.

The North Star has come up with a list on everything you need to know about the first presidential debate and how to watch it all go down tonight.

What You Should Know

The commission stated that Wallace will focus on the following topics during the first debate in no particular order:

The Trump and Biden Records

The Supreme Court


The Economy

Race and Violence in our Cities

The Integrity of the Election

Prior to the debates, many crticized the language of the topic of “race and violence in our cities,” saying the phrasing was biased and offensive. Instead of talking about “race and inequality” or police brutality, many said the topic frames Trump’s opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement as violent.

““Race and Violence in our Cities” is barely-coded language that reinforces anti-Black fear-mongering. This is dangerous & irresponsible. We should be talking about the threat of white nationalism — from right-wing militias to extremists in Congress & the White House,” a tweet from the Jewish advocacy group Bend the Arc said.


One topic that has been left out of the debate tonight is climate change. Earlier this month, dozens of Democratic representatives called for climate change to be a topic of discussion during the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates, Grist reported.

How to Watch

All of the major broadcasting networks will be airing the first presidential debate at 9 p.m. EST, Deadline reported. These networks include:

ABC News

NBC News




There will also be online streams where viewers can watch on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV and Roku will also air the debate.


Future presidential debates

The second presidential debat will take place on October 15 in Miami, and will be moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN, according to the Commission of Presidential Debates. The third and final debate will take place on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee and will be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News.

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence will also debate in Salt Lake City on October 7. The debate will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today.