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Pence vs Harris Vice Presidential debate 2020: time, TV and how to watch live online

VP Mike Pence faces vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in their first and only live televised debate on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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Pence vs Harris Vice Presidential debate 2020: time, TV and how to watch live online
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The first and only debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will be held on Wednesday, October 7, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, starting at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT). The debate will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks.

Follow the vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence live

Given the candidates' demeanour a far less chaotic debate is expected compared to the first Presidential debate, where President Trump refused to conform to the rules, continually interrupting his opponent Joe Biden, to the point where the Democratic candidate called his Republican counter-part a clown, the worst president ever and also told him to "shut up, man".

Where can I watch the vice presidential debate on TV or online?

The debate will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN.

C-Spain is also showing it live on their YouTube channel.

CBS News is also offering it on YouTube.

If you don’t have cable TV one option is a paid-for live-TV streaming, with the following options carrying many or all of the major networks and cable news channels.

- Sling TV


- Hulu with Live TV


- AT&T TV Now


- YouTube TV

You’ll need a decent internet connection to use them.

Live coverage on AS English

We will have live coverage and commentary of the debate here on AS English.

Where is the Pence vs Harris debate happening?

The first and only vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Who is moderating Pence vs Harris?

The debate will be chaired by Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief. In her 47-year career she has covered 10 presidential elections, six administrations and interviewed nine American presidents.

What topics will Pence and Harris debate?

We don’t know, is the short answer. Page will be picking what are said to be 10 questions to be covered in the 90 minute debate, but the list has not been released yet.

Some of the topics picks themselves, clearly, and we’d back the following being put to the candidates.

- Covid-19

- Racial unrest.

- The Supreme Court.

- The economy.

- The integrity of the election.

Trump is infected with Covid-19, does that change things?

Donald Trump is currently infected with Covid-19 and is back at the White House after a stay in the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre (drive by for his fans included) and there is a possibility that he infected Mike Pence before he went to hospital.

According to Trump’s re-election campaign the current vice-president has been tested and is negative, although given the timeline there is a possibility Pence could have picked up the virus but was still negative at his last test.

Given the risks, the debate organisers have agreed to seat Kamala Harris and Mike Pence 12ft apart – five ft more than the candidates at the presidential debate.

There will also be glass shield on the audience side of each candidate, but not between them. In total no more than 200 people will be in the room at the University of Utah's Kingsbury Hall.

Upcoming debates ahead of the Presidential Election

Here's the schedule for the upcoming debates:

15 October: Second presidential debate, at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

22 October: Third presidential debate, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

These presidential debates could very well be canceled depending on how, and when, Trump recovers from his coronavirus infection.