Today is the second and final presidential debate of the 2020 election. Donald Trump and Joe Biden will face topics concerning COVID-19, Race in America, Climate Change and others.

What time is the debate?

The debate is scheduled to run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET without commercial breaks.


How can I watch it?

You can watch on our debate page.

What are the topics and who is the moderator?

The topics are: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.” They were chosen by the debate moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, and announced last week by the debate commission.

What is different about this debate?

The commission recently announced that Biden and Trump would have their microphones muted during portions of the debate. At the start of each of the six segments, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question, and during that portion, the opposing candidate’s microphone will be muted.
The rule change was made after the first debate devolved into chaos, with Trump frequently interrupting and heckling Biden and the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. The commission put out a statement the day after the first debate saying they intended “to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”
The structure of Thursday’s debate will be the same as the first debate: Each segment will last about 15 minutes, and the candidates will have two minutes to respond after the moderator opens each segment with a question. Welker will then use the rest of the time in the segment to facilitate further discussion on the topic.
If you missed any points from the first debate you can read the transcript here.

Where is the debate taking place?

It is taking place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who is hosting the debate?

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1987. The CPD does not receive funding from the government or any political party or campaign, according to the organization.

How many days until Election Day?

On Thursday, it will be 12 days until Election Day (Tuesday, November 3.)te page