Donald Trump and Joe Biden to face off in first presidential debate next week: what to expect


President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off next week when they meet for their first presidential debate moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. 

On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the six topics for the first face-to-face event scheduled for Sept. 29 in Cleveland. The topics were selected by the debate’s moderator, Chris Wallace. The topics are: “The Trump and Biden Records,” “The Supreme Court,” “Covid-19,” “The Economy,” “Race and Violence in our Cities,” and “The Integrity of the Election.” Each of the topics will be tackled for 15 minutes, with the debate slated to go on for 90 minutes. The topics are announced ahead of time “in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country,” the commission stated (WCNC). 

The nonpartisan commission – which has organized and conducted the presidential and vice presidential general election debates for more than three decades – cautioned that the topics listed are “subject to possible changes because of news developments.” The commission recently announced that USA Today’s Susan Page will moderate the vice presidential debate with Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris. The commission makes its moderator selection independently of the candidates. 

Biden and Trump will debate twice more – on Oct. 15 in Miami, moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN, and on Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker. Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Vice President Mike Pence will debate once – in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 7. All four showdowns will start at 9 pm ET and will run without any commercial interruptions (FOX). 


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