Like many issues this 12 months, the presidential and vice-presidential debates have appeared just a little completely different. And due to the coronavirus and a number of political developments, the remaining debates on the schedule are actually in flux.
So far, the 2 debates which have taken place have featured just one moderator per debate, and the variety of folks allowed to observe in particular person has been far more restricted than ordinary. Both debates have began at 9 p.m. Eastern time and have run uninterrupted for an hour and a half.
But with two debates nonetheless remaining on the calendar, the Commission on Presidential Debates now faces a dilemma. Mr. Trump introduced shortly earlier than 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, that he and the primary girl, Melania Trump, had examined constructive for the virus. And now it’s not clear whether or not the ultimate two presidential debates will happen or in what type.
Here’s a rundown of what we all know for every debate thus far:
First Presidential Debate
Location: President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, met at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The University of Notre Dame withdrew as host due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The moderator: Chris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” moderated the controversy. It was the second time he had moderated a presidential debate; the primary was between Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Topics introduced: The moderator has full discretion in selecting the controversy matters. For the primary spherical, Mr. Wallace selected Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Biden’s data, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, the economic system, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election. There had been quarter-hour to debate every subject.
Location: Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The moderator: The vice-presidential debate was moderated by Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief.
Second Presidential Debate
On Oct. 9, the second presidential debate was canceled. It had been scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami.
The Commission on Presidential Debates had beforehand stated it will be held nearly — with the candidates in separate areas — or under no circumstances, citing security considerations in regards to the coronavirus.
But Mr. Trump demanded that the controversy be restored to its unique, in-person format. And then as a result of Mr. Trump had declined to participate in a digital debate, Mr. Biden developed his personal plan to take part in an ABC News city corridor that night in Philadelphia.
No regulation requires presidential candidates to participate in debates. So, ultimately, the controversy was merely known as off.
Third Presidential Debate
As of Oct. 9, the Trump marketing campaign stated it was onboard, and Mr. Biden’s marketing campaign additionally agreed to take part within the debate so long as it was both a one-on-one matchup with Mr. Trump or a town-hall-style occasion wherein each candidates took questions from voters.
The unique plan for the third presidential debate is as follows:
Location: Belmont University in Nashville.
How to observe: The Times could have an uninterrupted stream together with a stay chat and a stay briefing with evaluation from our reporters. The debate may also be carried on the information networks.
The moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of “Weekend Today.” She is simply the second Black lady to function the only moderator of a presidential debate. The first was Carole Simpson.
Topics introduced: The moderator and the Commission on Presidential Debates will announce matters every week earlier than the controversy, however as within the first debate, there shall be six matters. Each will get quarter-hour.
Matt Stevens and Michael M. Grynbaum contributed reporting.