President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are preparing to meet tonight — Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 — in Nashville, Tennessee for their second and final presidential debate.
Both the Trump and Biden campaigns reported Thursday that their candidates tested negative for coronavirus.
The second planned presidential debate, which was scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami, was eventually canceled following President Trump’s positive test for COVID on Oct. 2 and subsequent hospitalization and recovery.
After Trump’s return to the White House following a stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to make the second debate a virtual contents for safety reasons. Trump disagreed with the change and dropped out of the contest. Instead, both candidates held televised town halls on Oct. 15, Biden on ABC and Trump on NBC.
The Democratic and Republican candidates’ third and final 90-minute debate begins at 6 p.m. Pacific time (9 p.m. Eastern) tonight at Belmont University. There will be no commercial interruptions.
The moderator will be Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of “Weekend Today.”
The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments with topics chosen by the moderator:
- Fighting COVID-19
- American families
- Race in America
- Climate change
- National security
According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, due to repeated interruptions during the first Trump-Biden debate, the microphone of the candidate not speaking will be muted during the other candidate’s two-minute opening statement for each of the six topics. During discussion of those topics, both candidates’ microphones will remain on.
Aside from those for each topic, there will be no opening or closing statements.
Tonight’s debate will air on the ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS broadcast television networks. It will also air on cable networks CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN. Spectrum Networks is carrying the debate live for its cable subscribers.
Most of the television and cable networks are offering live streams on their web sites and in their mobile and set-top apps.
National Public Radio is carrying the debate. Stations in the Los Angeles market include KCRW-FM (89.9) and KPCC-FM (89.3).
KPCC operates transmitters that are available in LA and Orange counties (89.3), the Inland Empire (89.1), the Coachella Valley (90.3), Palm Springs (93.3), Ventura County (89.5) and Santa Barbara (89.9).
KCRW operates transmitters for LA and Orange counties (89.9), Ventura County (89.1), the greater Palm Springs area (89.3), Kern and northern LA counties (88.1), Santa Barbara (88.7), San Luis Obispo (103.1), Gorman (89.7), Banning (90.9), Borrego Springs (92.9), Ridgecrest (100.1), Santa Paula, Moorpark and Fillmore (102.3), Ojai (102.1), Lemon Grove and Spring Valley (89.9) and Goleta (106.9).
Source: Orange County Register