President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will meet Tuesday 6pm in Cleveland for the first presidential debate, which will be moderated by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
The debate will include six 15-minute segments; Wallace has chosen the following topics:
- The records of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden
- The Supreme Court
- The economy
- Race and violence in our cities
- The integrity of the election.
The debate topics are not without controversy.
Three dozen Democratic senators signed a letter calling for the debates to also focus on the climate crisis, and critics objected to the framing of the fifth topic, saying it conflates the issues of race and violence.
The sixth topic comes as Trump has not committed to a peaceful transfer of power.
What’s the format?
The debate will consist of six segments to address the topics above, with each segment getting approximately 15 minutes.
Each candidate will have two minutes to respond to the opening question in each segment. Candidates will get a chance to respond to each other as well.
What’s the state of play ahead of this first debate?
Biden is currently the favorite, with polling leads in the national average and in many key states.
Will there be more debates?
Yes, Tuesday’s debate is the first of four debates planned. Here are the others:
Oct. 7: vice presidential debate between Vice President Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris
Oct. 15: second presidential debate
Oct. 22: third presidential debate
Trump’s unpaid taxes:
The New York Times reports that Trump’s tax returns show millions of dollars in losses and that Trump paid only $750 in income taxes in each of 2016 and 2017, and in 10 of the last 15 years paid no income tax at all.
The report also raised questions about questionable tax deductions made by Trump that could run afoul of tax law.