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In total, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will face each other in three presidential debates before the US election 2020 on November 3. There is also one scheduled vice-presidential debate planned between Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence. This week, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the moderators for the debates. They did not include those requested by the Trump campaign lawyer last month.
Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement “these are not the moderators we would have recommended” and alleged that “some can be identified as clear opponents of President Trump, meaning Joe Biden will actually have a teammate on stage most of the time”.
However, the CPD, has described the moderators as “experienced journalists” who bring “great professionalism to moderating”.
The CPD has also been clear it makes its own decisions on moderators.
A spokesman for the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, said in a statement: “As Joe Biden has said for months – without farcical antics – he looks forward to participating in the debates set by the commission, regardless of who the independently chosen moderators are.”
When are the US election debates?
All debates are scheduled to take place from 9pm to 10.39pm ET 2am to 3am GMT.
September 29 – Cleveland – Trump vs Biden
On Tuesday, September 29, the incumbent President will face Mr Biden in the first presidential debate.
It will be held by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.
The debate will be hosted by Fox News Sunday actor Chris Wallace.
October 7 – Salt Lake City – Pence vs Harris
The only vice-presidential debate between Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence will take place on Wednesday, October 7.
The event will be held at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The debate will be moderated by USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page.
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October 15 – Miami – Trump vs Biden
The second presidential debate will take place in Miami on Thursday, October 15.
The debate will be hosted by C-SPAN’s political editor Steve Scully and be a town-hall style debate.
It will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts before a small and socially distanced audience.
October 22 – Nashville – Trump vs Biden
The final presidential debate will take place on Thursday, October 22.
The debate will be hosted by NBC’s Kristen Welker and take place at Belmont University in Nashville.
Belmont previously hosted a presidential debate in 2008, when US Senator John McCain and former President Barack Obama met there in a town-hall format.
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