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US elections: When is the first Presidential debate?

President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden will go head-to-head in three debates before the election on 3 November.

Washington (United States), 04/09/2020.- US President Donald J. Trump holds a news briefing at the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 04 September 2020. (Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/Chris Kleponis / POOL
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President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden are set to square off in three head-to-head debates ahead of November’s presidential elections, which come amid an unprecedented backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, economic meltdown, mass unemployment and widespread social unrest over the unjust police killings of black Americans.

All of these topics will no doubt be at the fore of the debates, the first of which will take place in Cleveland on 29 September, with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace serving as moderator.

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Wallace will be remembered most recently for his interview with Trump in August, in which he grilled the President on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The interview also went viral over questions relating to president’s cognitive ability tests.

Steve Scully and Kristen Welker chosen as other moderators

The final two scheduled for 15 October (Miami, Florida) and 22 October (Nashville, Tennessee). C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully will moderate the second presidential debate in Miami, while NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker has been chosen as the moderator for the third debate in Nashville.

Meanwhile, the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence (Rep.) and Kamala Harris (Dem.), scheduled for October 7, will be moderated by USA Today’s Susan Page.

All of the debates are scheduled to take place from 21:00-22:30ET (02:00-03:30GMT) with no commercial interruptions.

The US election will be held on 3 November.