In a big election year, undecided voters will be paying close attention to the 2020 presidential debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
While both parties made appeals to voters in last month’s Democratic and Republican conventions, the debates could play a big role in transforming the dynamics of the race, especially so close to Election Day, which is on Nov. 3.
Get ready for debate season with the following information about dates, times, formats, and moderators, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
First Presidential Debate (Sept. 29)
When: Sept. 29, 9pm-10:30pm ET
Where: Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
Moderator: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace
Format: Trump and Biden face off. The debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes. Wallace will open each segment with a question, to which each candidate has two minutes to respond. Wallace will then moderate a deeper discussion of each topic during the remaining time of each segment.
Vice Presidential Debate (Oct. 7)
When: Oct. 7, 9pm-10:30pm ET
Where: University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
Moderator: Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today
Format: Harris and Pence face off. Nine segments around 10 minutes each. Page will open each segment with a question, to which each candidate has two minutes to respond. Page will then moderate a further discussion of each topic during the remaining time of each segment.
Second President Debate (Oct. 15)
When: Oct. 15, 9pm-10:30pm ET
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
Moderator: Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN Networks
Format: Town hall meeting in which Trump and Biden address questions posed by South Florida residents, all undecided voters. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question, with additional discussion on each topic facilitated by Scully.
Third Presidential Debate (Oct. 22)
When: Oct. 22, 9pm-10:30pm ET
Where: Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee
Moderator: Kristen Welker, co-anchor of “Weekend Today” and White House correspondent at NBC News
Format: Same as first presidential debate.