In total, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will face each other in three presidential debates before the US election 2020 on November 3. There is also one scheduled vice-presidential debate planned between Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Mike Pence. This week, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the moderators for the debates. They did not include those requested by the Trump campaign lawyer last month.
Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement “these are not the moderators we would have recommended” and alleged that “some can be identified as clear opponents of President Trump, meaning Joe Biden will actually have a teammate on stage most of the time”.
However, the CPD, has described the moderators as “experienced journalists” who bring “great professionalism to moderating”.
The CPD has also been clear it makes its own decisions on moderators.
A spokesman for the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, said in a statement: “As Joe Biden has said for months – without farcical antics – he looks forward to participating in the debates set by the commission, regardless of who the independently chosen moderators are.”
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October 22 – Nashville – Trump vs Biden
The final presidential debate will take place on Thursday, October 22.
The debate will be hosted by NBC’s Kristen Welker and take place at Belmont University in Nashville.
Belmont previously hosted a presidential debate in 2008, when US Senator John McCain and former President Barack Obama met there in a town-hall format.