First presidential debate of the 2020 campaign cycle tonight between Biden and Trump: WHAT TO EXPECT


The first presidential debate of the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is slated to commence tonight at 9 PM EST, with the debate being held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. 

The debate is a pivotal moment in the coming election. Viewers can watch the debate on all major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. It will also be available on each network’s corresponding apps, with viewers having access to the broadcast through services such as Apple TV, Roku, or any other streaming services. 

This specific debate has a lot of heat circling around it due to the many circumstances leading up to it in recent months. According to CNN, events such as the passing away of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump’s tax returns, Black Lives Matter protests and riots, and the effect COVID-19 will have on elections will all look to shape conversation in tonight’s debate. The debate will be moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace, who chose the evening’s topics: “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). 

According to research done by Monmouth University, nearly 75% of voters claim to be watching the debate tonight. As in any election, presidential debates are a key moment for candidates to address the country’s main issues while speaking face-to-face. Both candidates have been known to receive fact checking from different sources which have found discrepancies in various statements made by each candidate. For voters watching, each campaign has their own outside sources for viewers watching the debate. Biden’s campaign has decided to fact check the president live on Twitter in order to attempt and disprove Trump, while Trump’s campaign is hosting their own watch party which has their very own list of questions they would like Biden to answer while live on TV.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike are all anticipating the responses received from each candidate on tonight’s stage. The latest controversies being drawn into question with the debate’s topics are: the leak of Trump’s tax returns and the Biden/Harris campaign releasing their own, the Atlantic article written claiming Trump’s statement on passed veterans, stories coming up of serious issues with mail in voting and absentee ballots, Amy Coney Barret’s possible appointment to the Supreme Court, Black Lives Matter protests, and COVID-19. 


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