First Presidential Debate

Daily News Article   —   Posted on September 28, 2020

NOTE: Questions below include specific questions on the debate (link to PDF worksheet.)

(Compiled from Cleveland’s 19News and Investopedia) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will be sending the Ohio National Guard to Cleveland for the presidential debate on Sept. 29.

DeWine made the announcement at his Thursday news conference, saying he had received a formal request from Cleveland officials Wednesday evening.

Around 300 members will be sent to the city to “ensure a safe and secure environment for those attending Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland.”

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden’s first debate will be held at The Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.  The debate is scheduled from 9-10:30 p.m. ET

The moderator for this first debate will be Fox news anchor Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday (who moderated the final 2016 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton). Wallace is a registered Democrat and is seen by Trump supporters as having a strong dislike for Donald Trump, especially after a July interview. Former VP Biden has declined requests for interviews with Wallace over the past six months.

Mr. Wallace selected the topics for the debate, which were announced a week prior, and also created the questions, which will not be shared with either candidate ahead of time.

According to the CPD, this debate (and the third and final presidential debate) will be divided into six 15-minute long segments. Each segment will open with a question and each candidate will get two minutes to respond. Candidates will then be able to respond to each other with Wallace using the rest of the time for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Wallace released the topics on September 22. They include in no particular order:

  • The Trump and Biden Records
  • The Supreme Court
  • Covid-19
  • The Economy
  • Race and Violence in our Cities
  • The Integrity of the Election

Compiled from articles at Cleveland’s 19News and Investopedia. Reprinted here for educational purposes only. May not be reproduced on other websites without permission.


From StudentNewsDaily's Presidential Election page:

The Commission on Presidential Debates was established in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of the Democratic and Republican parties. It has sponsored all presidential and vice presidential general election debates since 1988. It sets the format/structure of each debate.

Interesting to note about the 2020 debates:

Presidential debate schedule:

Vice presidential debate: