2020 United States presidential debates

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The 2020 United States presidential debates between the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election are being sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Three debates between the presidential candidates are scheduled to take place on September 29, October 15 and October 22, 2020. One debate between the vice presidential candidates is scheduled to take place on October 7, 2020.[1]

Debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates[edit]

On October 11, 2019, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would host four debates, including three presidential debates between incumbent president Donald Trump, the Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and any other participants that qualify. The other will be a vice presidential debate between incumbent Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and any third party candidates that meet the criteria.[2][1]

In late 2019, Trump claimed the 2016 debates were "biased." After meeting with his campaign manager, the commission co-chairman said "that the president wanted to debate, but they had concerns about whether or not to do it with the commission."[3] Trump did not press the issue further publicly. Trump also requested additional debates to the traditional three, which Biden's campaign declined.[4] At the end of June, representatives of the Biden campaign confirmed that they had agreed to the original schedule.[5]

In August, the CPD rejected a request by the Trump campaign to shift the debates to an earlier date, or to add a fourth debate.[6]

On August 27, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, suggested Biden should skip the debates, claiming that Trump will "probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency". Biden responded by saying that he wants to go ahead and participate so that he can "be a fact-checker on the floor while I'm debating [Trump]".[7]

Qualification of candidates[edit]

In order to qualify for the debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, candidates must meet the following criteria:[8]

  • Be constitutionally eligible to hold the presidency
  • Appear on a sufficient number of ballots to have a mathematical possibility of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College
  • Have a level of support of at least 15% of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations' most recently reported results at the time of determination.

Debate list[edit]

Three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate have been scheduled:[9]

2020 United States presidential election debates
  Date Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.   N  Non-invitee.  
Democratic Republican
Former Vice President
Joe Biden
of Delaware
President
Donald Trump
of Florida

1
 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
Chris Wallace
P P

2
 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
  Miami, Florida  
Steve Scully
P P

3
 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee
Kristen Welker
P P
       = Officially sanctioned and sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates
2020 United States vice presidential debate
  Date Host Location Moderator Participants
Key:
 P  Participant.   N  Non-invitee.  
Democratic Republican
Senator
Kamala Harris
of California
Vice President
Mike Pence
of Indiana

VP
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Susan Page
P P
       = Officially sanctioned and sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates

First presidential debate (Case Western Reserve University)[edit]

First presidential debate
Logo for Presidential Debate September 29, 2020 at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic.png
Date(s)September 29, 2020 (2020-09-29)
VenueHealth Education Campus (HEC) Samson Pavilion at Case Western Reserve University
LocationCleveland, Ohio
ParticipantsDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Moderator(s)Chris Wallace of Fox News
Websitemy.clevelandclinic.org/debate

The first debate is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the Health Education Campus (HEC) Samson Pavilion at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.[10][11] Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the first debate.[12]

This debate was originally scheduled to take place in the Phillip J. Purcell Pavilion located within the Edmund P. Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, but Notre Dame withdrew as a host site on July 27, 2020, due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][13]

Former Vice president Joe Biden
Delaware

Vice presidential debate (University of Utah)[edit]

Vice presidential debate
Vice Presidential Debate 2020 Logo.svg
Date(s)October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07)
VenueKingsbury Hall at University of Utah
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
ParticipantsMike Pence
Kamala Harris
Moderator(s)Susan Page of USA Today
Websitedebate2020.utah.edu

The vice presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.[14] Susan Page of USA Today will moderate the vice presidential debate.[12]

Second presidential debate (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts)[edit]

Second presidential debate
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Date(s)October 15, 2020 (2020-10-15)
VenueAdrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
LocationMiami, Florida
ParticipantsDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Moderator(s)Steve Scully of C-SPAN

The second debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

This debate had originally been scheduled to be held at the Crisler Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the University of Michigan withdrew as a host on June 23, 2020, over public health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.[15][16] Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate the debate. This debate will be in the town hall meeting format.[12]

Third presidential debate (Belmont University)[edit]

Third presidential debate
3rd Presidential Debate 2020 Logo.svg
Date(s)October 22, 2020 (2020-10-22)
VenueCurb Event Center at Belmont University
LocationNashville, Tennessee
ParticipantsDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Moderator(s)Kristen Welker of NBC
Websitebelmontdebate2020.com

The third and final debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 22, at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.[17] Kristen Welker of NBC will moderate the final debate.[12]

Debates sponsored by the Free & Equal Elections Foundation[edit]

First open debate (Hilton Chicago)[edit]

Early on March 4, 2020, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation held a debate at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, which included various third party candidates, as well as minor candidates affiliated with the Democratic and Republican parties.[18]

2020 Free & Equal debates
Date Location Moderators Invited participants
 P  Participant. Democratic Libertarian Green Constitution ASP Life and Liberty Transhumanist

Businessman
Mark Stewart
of Connecticut
Activist
Dan Berhman
of Texas
Activist
Erik Gerhardt
of Pennsylvania
LNC Vice Chair
Arvin Vohra
of Maryland
Activist
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry
of California
Financial Advisor
Charles Kraut
of Virginia
Educator
Brian Carroll
of California
Activist
J.R. Myers
of Alaska
Activist
Ben Zion
of Arizona
1a March 4, 2020 2:00 pm CST Chicago, Illinois Christina Tobin P P P P P P P P P
 P  Participant. Democratic Republican Libertarian Green /
Socialist
PSL Independent

Attorney
Mosie Boyd
of Arkansas
Futurist
Zoltan Istvan
of California
Lieutenant
Ken Armstrong
of Hawaii
Doctor
Jo Jorgensen
of South Carolina
Corporal
Adam Kokesh
of Indiana
Activist
Vermin Supreme
of Massachusetts
Tradesman
Howie Hawkins
of New York
Activist
Gloria La Riva
of California
Activist
Mark Charles
of the District of Columbia
1b March 4, 2020 6:30 pm CST Chicago, Illinois Christina Tobin P P P P P P P P P


Second open debate[edit]

For the general election, the Free & Equal Elections Foundation is scheduled to host a debate on October 8, 2020 in Denver, Colorado, with participation limited to candidates on the ballot in at least 10 states.[19]

2020 Free & Equal debates
Date Location Moderators Invited participants
 P  Participant.     I  Invitee. Democratic Republican Libertarian Green /
Socialist
PSL Aliance /
Reform
Constitution Independent

Vice President
Joe Biden
of Delaware
President
Donald Trump
of Florida
Doctor
Jo Jorgensen
of South Carolina
Tradesman
Howie Hawkins
of New York
Activist
Gloria La Riva
of California
Businessman
Rocky De La Fuente
of California
Businessman
Don Blankenship
of West Virginia
Entrepreneur
Brock Pierce
of Puerto Rico
Producer
Kanye West
of Illinois
1 October 8, 2020 Denver, Colorado TBA I I I TBD TBD TBD I TBD I

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "FOUR CANDIDATES CONFIRMED FOR OCTOBER 8 OPEN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN DENVER". Free & Equal Elections Foundation. September 16, 2020. Archived from the original on September 20, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.

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