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When is the first US presidential election 2020 debate?

THE first presidential debate will be held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

President Donald Trump will face Democratic rival Joe Biden to answer a series of questions, each warranting a reply with up to 15 minutes to make up the 90-minute encounter.

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The first presidential debate will be held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

It will last 90 minutes with each contender having 15 minutes to answer the questions.

There will be no commercial breaks during the debate.

Topics of the debate will include: the current Supreme Court vacancy, coronavirus, the economy, race and violence in American cities, their records in office, and the integrity of the election.

Trump has previously mocked Biden at his campaign rally for wearing a mask and concealing his “plastic surgery.” 

He also questioned if the Democratic nominee will show up with a mask to the debate. 

The president said: “I’ll be honest, he feels good about that mask, and that’s OK.

“I mean honestly, what the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he’s going to cover it up with a mask.”

“The question is will he leave it on during the debate?” he added.

Many Democrats have also defended Biden while urging him to rise above Trump’s bashing. 

Democrat Kelly Hyman said she and many in the party want Biden to keep his dignity and not fall into “Trump’s dirty tactics.”

The actress-turned-lawyer said: “The issue with Trump is that he will not follow any rules of a debate. He constantly lies and tries to bully opponents to make them look weak.

“There’s no doubt that Trump’s been playing mind games before next week’s debate. He wants to drag Biden down to his level.”

She went on to add: “His campaign has gone disastrously so far but he knows that polls can change overnight and there’s still time for him to make up lost ground.

“Biden can’t forget this and when Trump starts sticking the knife in he can’t fight fire with fire. 

“This will just make him look weak and unpresidential – he’s got to rise above it and be the adult in the room. Biden needs to keep his composure.”

The debate will be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

Fox News journalist Chris Wallace will be moderating the debate. 

The rest of the debates will feature other moderators such as: USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page, C-SPAN’s senior executive producer and political editor Steve Scully, and NBC News’ White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

The debate will be offered on all major news networks. 

C-SPAN will livestream the debates on its channel, C-SPAN.org, and the C-SPAN Radio app. 

The Washington Post will have an uninterrupted live stream on its site.

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