2016 Presidential Debate Schedule

debate-1With the 2016 election looming on November 8, three presidential debates are scheduled between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, and one vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine. Will Trump call Hillary low energy? Will Hillary point out Trump’s orange head?

All debates will be moderated by a single individual and will run from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time without commercial breaks. Moderators will select the questions to be asked. Mark you calendars, political junkies … here are the dates and details as provided by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Only Vice Presidential Debate
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN, CBS News
Location: Longwood University, Farmville, VA

The Vice Presidential debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

First Presidential Debate
Monday, September 26, 2016
Moderator: Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Second Presidential Debate
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Co-Anchor of “This Week,” ABC
Moderator: Anderson Cooper, CNN
Location: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization. Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Third Presidential Debate
Moderator: Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday
Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

The format for the third debate will be identical to the first presidential debate.

Cross-posted at Bearing Drift

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