Presidential Debate Schedule, Dates & Times

2020 Presidential Debate Schedule

The Presidential debates will be held over a four week period in the leadup to the Presidential election on November 3, 2020. There will be three debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump and one debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.

The three debate dates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump are September 29, October 15, and October 22. The debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence is October 7th. Every debate time occurs at 9pm EST.

Each debates format and rules are determined by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The first and third debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be traditional debates where a moderator will ask a question to a candidate and that candidate will have a chance to respond. After the candidate has concluded their answer the opposing candidate is typically given a chance to respond. The second debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be in a townhall meeting format where select participants will ask questions prescreened by the debate moderator in addition to questions posed by the moderator himself. The debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will also be a traditional debate. 

All four debates will be aired on every major broadcasting channel as well as all cable news channels. They will also be streamed online.