Debate season is here and it looks a little different this year. Here is everything you need to know before Tuesday’s upcoming debate.
COVID-19 Changes and Challenges
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage Tuesday at 9 p.m. to battle it out for the first time before the elections.
There will be no handshake, and social distancing measures will be respected. However, President Trump, Biden nor Chris Wallace, the moderator, will wear masks. Limited audience numbers of 80 to 90 will also be in place. These members will also undergo a COVID test prior to entering the debate.
The debate will be 90 minutes long and will be broken down into six major question segments:Trump and Biden’s records, The Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in cities and the integrity of the election. Trump, who won the coin toss, will begin the debate with the first question.
Expectations of Conflict
Tensions are already on the rise about the expectations for the debate. President Trump even implored Biden to take a drug test prior.
I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also. His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2020
Trump also told The Washington Post that he was planning on bringing Biden’s son Hunter into the debate. Biden has expressed concern over the possibility of personal argument.
“I hope I don’t get baited into a brawl with this guy because that’s the only place he’s comfortable,” Biden said.
Following the first presidential debate will be the vice presidential debate between current Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris on Oct. 7.
The second presidential debate will occur on Oct. 15, followed by the third on Oct 22.
Edited by Donna Mitchell and Christian Knox
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