President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will be meeting for their first 2020 Presidential debate tonight and America is waiting with bated breath as to who will come out victorious.
TV debates form a vital part of each election process in the US as candidates get the first chance to publicly face-off against one another.
The two men will trade political blows as they attempt to convince the nation to vote in their favour. They will also get the chance to directly challenge their competitor’s claims, something neither one has done in person as of yet during this election cycle.
Trump has suggested that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani have been helping him prepare and Biden’s camp say he’s been “prepping extensively.”
However, after beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also “prepared extensively” in 2016, Trump has suggested he doesn’t want to overdo it.
“Sometimes you can go too much in that stuff,” Trump said during a press briefing on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Biden has been holding mock debate sessions with senior adviser Bob Bauer and participated in huddles with top aides according to American network CBS.
Tonight’s debate will be hosted by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ohio runs on US Eastern Time, and the debate will kick off at 9pm over there, so only night owl Brits will get the chance to watch the bout, as 9pm ET translates to 2am in the UK.
The debate is the first of three and will receive mass media coverage in the US and indeed across the world.
British viewers can watch the showdown via most established news channels, including BBC News, Sky, and CNN, which people can tune into via Sky TV.
It is understood ChrisWallace will quiz the two candidates on the following six subjects:
- – President Trump and Mr Biden’s records
- – The Supreme Court
- – The integrity of the election
- – Covid-19
- – Race and violence in US cities
- – The economy
Mr Wallace said yesterday on Fox News he would not interfere too much with the candidate’s exchange.
He added: “My job is to be as invisible as possible.
“I’m trying to get them to engage, to focus on the key issues, to give people at home a sense of, ‘why I want to vote for one versus the other.’”