Last preparations. Trump-Biden debate

The first televised debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place tonight. In the United States, TV debates are given a special role — they are believed to help millions of people make informed choices.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden will host their first televised debate on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.


A total of three rounds of televised debates are scheduled: September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio, October 15 in Miami, Florida, and October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will meet once: October 7 in Salt Lake City, UT.

All debates will begin at 9:00 pm US East Coast time and will run for an hour and a half with no commercial breaks.

The first debate will discuss six questions:

— The past of Trump and Biden

— Supreme Court

— Coronavirus pandemic

— Racial protests and urban violence

— Honesty of the upcoming elections

— Economy

Each issue will be discussed in 15 minutes. Candidates will receive two minutes for a monologue, after which they will proceed to exchange remarks.

The first debate will be moderated by Sunday Fox News anchor Chris Wallace. Trump had previously called Wallace a “pale copy” of his father, Mike Wallace,
known as a reporter for the 60 Minutes program on CBS.

Chris Wallace registered as a member of the Democratic Party. According to him, conducting televised debates is a responsible business, since they should help millions of people to make an informed choice.

The second debate will be moderated by Steve Scully, political editor for the cable and satellite network C-Span. They will be held in the hall of the City Hall, and the public will also have the right to remarks.

The final debate of the presidential candidates will be moderated by NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, while the only meeting between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will be held by USA Today's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

Debate history

The first-ever televised debate took place between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon in 1960.

Kennedy's team did everything to keep him looking fresh when shown in close-ups. Nixon was just recovering from an illness, constantly wiping sweat from his eyebrows and choosing a suit unsuccessfully.

As a result, most of the 70 million TV viewers decided that the youthful Kennedy won the debate, while those who listened to the radio debate found the experienced Nixon more convincing. One way or another, Kennedy's rating went up.

In 1980, the audience liked Ronald Reagan with short lines more than the wordy Jimmy Carter. In response to another long tirade of his opponent, he just dismissively threw: “Again you are for your own!”.

In 2000, Democrat Al Gore may have lost the presidential race to George W. Bush in a debate. His manner of defiantly sighing and rolling his eyes while listening to his opponent seemed arrogant to many and was laughed at in the popular comedy TV program Saturday Night Live.

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