Today’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will begin at 6 p.m. and run for 90 minutes without commercial interruptions.
This will be their only debate.
- The debate will also be carried on networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC and PBS.
- Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief for USA Today, will moderate the debate, which will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
- The 90-minute debate is split into nine 10-minute segments, with no ad breaks.
- The topics of the segments have yet to be announced.
After a raucous debate last week, the independent Commission on Presidential Debates put out a statement saying, “additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues” and said it would “announce those measures shortly.”
However, the CPD has not yet announced any changes.
President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 just days after the first presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, which has called into question the existing safety measures in place at the debate location.
Trump and Biden were just seven feet apart from each other on stage last Tuesday, and Trump staffers and family members refused to wear masks inside the venue last week.
Cleveland officials have already traced 11 cases of COVID-19 to the debate.
In response to a request from the Biden team, the CPD has agreed to seat Pence and Harris 12 feet apart. The CPD has also decided to separate Pence and Harris with a plexigless barrier, the NewsHour has confirmed, though Pence pushed back against the idea.