DemDaily: Download on Tonight’s Debate

October 22, 2020

Tonight Joe Biden and Donald Trump will face off in the second and last presidential debate of the 2020 election, which is now just 12 days away.

Although 40 million Americans have already cast their ballots early, the highly anticipated event is still expected to draw a wide audience -- as the President attempts to close the polling gap between himself and the former Vice President, who leads Trump by an average of 8% in national polls.

2020 Second Presidential Debate

October 22, 2020, Thursday
Time: 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET. 
Location:  Nashville, Tennessee
Moderator: Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent & Co-anchor of "Weekend Today"
Former Vice President and Democratic 
Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump
How To Watch: The debate will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, MSNBC. Streamed on YouTube, NPR, C-SPAN.

NBC's Kristen Welker will moderate the debate, which will be 90 minutes long and have no commercial breaks.

73 million people watched the disruptive September 29th Debate (CNN/Getty)

The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments on topics the moderator selected: Fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Each candidate will have two minutes to respond to the opening question in each segment.

On Monday, The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that, in light of the events of the first debate, "which fell short of expectations," that "it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed-upon rules."

The September 29th presidential debate between Trump and Biden has been hailed as the most chaotic and acrimonious in history, marred by undisciplined interruptions and insults by the President.

In the interest of civility and "to ensure that the candidates will be respectful of each other's time," CPD will silence the microphone of the candidate who is not speaking during the opening of each two-minute segment.

In the October 15th dueling Town Halls, Biden's viewership of 14.1 million watchers topped Trump's 13.5 million (Chelsea Stahl/NBC)

After each candidate has two minutes, there will be an open discussion where both microphones will be on.

During the first debate, attendees were asked to wear masks, but members of the Trump family took off their masks after arriving, prompting widespread criticism, including from moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News. Under the new rules, any audience member without a mask will be asked to leave.

DemList will keep you informed.

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