Presidential debates could turn the tide of the vote (Pictures: AP)While the UK’s focus has been on coronavirus – with new restrictions introduced including working from home and 10pm curfews as 38 areas have been added to the watchlist following a surge in cases – across the pond, Americans have had to juggle Covid-19 with a monumental upcoming election.
The US election will take place on November 3, and the results could either see Donald Trump removed from office or remain in power for four more years.
Trump has hinted that he wouldn’t leave the White House even if he lost to Biden – who he has claimed will ‘destroy America.’
Will Biden be America’s downfall? Is it time to dump Trump? Citizens in the US will get to decide after the two candidates face off for the first time in the presidential debates.
When are they, and can you watch them in the UK?
When is the first presidential debate?
The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place this week, on Tuesday, September 29.
The debate will take place at 9pm EST (2am in the UK) from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
President Trump will face Biden for the first time this election (Picture: AP)Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the first debate.
The moderator is selected by the nonpartisan commission on presidential debates.
Wallace has been a political journalist since the 1970s, having won three Emmy Awards for his work across ABC and NBC.
He will oversee the 90-minute debate, which will be split into six 15-minute discussions on chosen topics.
US political magazine Politico revealed that debate organiser confirmed the topics for the first debate will include: ‘Trump’s and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus pandemic, race and violence in cities, election integrity, and the economy.’
How many presidential debates will there be?
Three presidential debates between the incumbent 45th President, Donald Trump, and the Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are scheduled.
Presidential debate schedule:
Tuesday, September 29Thursday, October 15Thursday, October 22There will also be one debate between the candidates for Vice President.
Current VP Mike Pence will debate Joe Biden’s VP candidate Kamala Harris on Wednesday, October 7.
Debates place the candidates against each other for the first time, ultimately helping voters to decide who is their preferred pick.
The polls have been up and down, with Biden leading – but not by much.
The VPs will also step into the arena (Picture: REX/AP)Betfair’s latest odds have Trump at odds of 5/4 (45%) of winning November’s vote, while Biden is the favourite to win at 5/6 (54%).
So a lot is riding on the debates.
How to watch the presidential debate on UK TV
The debate is being aired live on all major US networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, as well as Amazon Fire, Android, Roku, and Apple TV services.
CNN is available on Sky in the UK, on channel 878, if you wanted to tune in live.
Since 9pm eastern time is 2am in the UK, it will be a late one (or an early one) if you plan on watching it all unfold live.
It’s not yet clear where the debate will be available to stream on catch-up.
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