On Tuesday 29 they will meet in the first of three face-to-face meetings in front of the cameras before the November 3 elections. The keys.
US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are revving their engines for the last leg of an election campaign that is expected to be close and aggressive. And next Tuesday they will meet in the first of the three debates scheduled before the presidential elections on December 3.
Presidential debates are a tradition in the United States and some have marked memorable moments from past campaigns. Here, some keys to the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 29.
Where: This first presidential debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. It will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern time in the United States (10 p.m. in Argentina) and will last 90 minutes, without interruptions for commercials.
As will be: According to the organizers, the meeting will be divided into six 15-minute segments, CNN reported days ago.
Who will moderate: Trump and Biden will debate with a single moderator in each of their three meetings, the Committee on Presidential Debates announced Sept. 2. This Tuesday’s will be moderated by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
As recalled The New York TimesWallace received high marks for his debut in the 2016 debate between Trump and then-rival Hillary Clinton and is known for his sharp interviewing style. He will be responsible for choosing the questions and topics for this debate.
The topics: This first meeting will focus on a series of issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court, the economy and racial tension in the country, as announced by the debate commission.
Those responsible clarified that the topics are subject to change based on information “news” that may exist between now and Tuesday.
The debate committee, a nonpartisan group that has overseen all general election debates since 1987, has the sole discretion to elect moderators, and presidential candidates are not allowed to veto elections.
As noted this week The New York Times, Wallace’s selection could be upsetting to the president, who has criticized the Fox News host’s coverage in the past, although the president also sat down for an interview with him at the White House in July.
A few days ago, at a rally in New Hampshire, Trump mocked Wallace for “lack of talent” and compared the host unfavorably to his father, 60 Minute legend Mike Wallace, who died in 2012.
For its part, the Biden campaign issued a statement in early September, in which it said that the Democratic candidate “looks forward to participating in the debates established by the commission, regardless of who are the independently elected moderators.”
An average of 74 million people watched the three clashes between Trump and Clinton in 2016, and it was by far the largest live audience of the candidates’ campaign.