With the election just 35 days away and early votes already being cast, Biden has kept a lead over Trump in most national polls. While debates have not significantly changed the direction of the election in recent years, today’s contest will offer the clearest contrast yet between the two men.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a limited audience and the candidates are spaced out on the stage.
What time does the first US presidential debate start?
The debate will start at 9pm ET on Tuesday in Cleveland, or 11am on Wednesday for Victoria, ACT, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland, 10.30am in South Australia and NT, and 9am in Western Australia.
How do I watch the debate in Australia?
Channel 9, ABC News 24 and SBS will broadcast the debate live from 11am AEST, Wednesday, September 30, or watch the stream above.
Who is the debate moderator?
What is the presidential debate format?
The format for Tuesday’s debate consists of six 15-minute segments, scheduled to focus on the following topics, selected by Wallace: “The Trump and Biden Records,” “The Supreme Court,” “COVID-19,” “The Economy,” “Race and Violence in our Cities” and “The Integrity of the Election.”
Each candidate will be given two minutes to respond to a question from the moderator opening the segment. Candidates will then be able to respond to each other, and the moderator will use the rest of the 15-minute period to discuss the topic further.
Read live updates from the HuffPost politics team below and watch the live stream above.
When and where are the other debates?
The second debate is set for October 15 in Miami, Florida, and the third on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vice President Mike Pence and Biden running mate Kamala Harris are scheduled to debate on October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.