How to watch the last presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump

The presidential debate Thursday will be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee at Belmont University, just 12 days before Election Day on Nov. 3.

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Nashville Prepares For Final Presidential Debate Ahead Of Election

Signs are posted on chairs to keep audience members socially distanced to reduce the risk of the coronavirus ahead of the second presidential debate at the Curb Event Center on the campus of Belmont University October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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WASHINGTON— The first debate was combative. The second debatewas cancelled. Now, the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is finally here.

The presidential debate Thursday will be hosted inNashville, TennesseeatBelmont University,just 12 days beforeElection Day on Nov. 3.

The debate willairfrom8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CT andwillbe moderated by NBC News White House correspondent and “Weekend Today” co-anchor Kristen Welker.

How to watch

You can watch the debate live on here.

The debate will be aired on most major networks and cable news channels, including Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and C-SPAN.

Viewers also can catchthedebate live on YouTube from various outlets, listen or watch on NPR,or watch live with Hulu, XUMO TV, Fubo, Sling, or some other streaming services.

How will the debate work?

The format will be the same as the first debate, with six 15-minute segmentsdivided to focuson different issues and questions, chosen by the moderator.

Thetopics will be:

  • Fighting COVID-19
  • American Families
  • Race in America
  • Climate Change
  • National Security
  • Leadership

Republicanseyethe final debate as perhaps Trump’s last opportunity to reset a campaign in whichpolls show the president trailing in most major battleground states.

The drama leadingup to tonight

The final debate has already been deluged by drama before either candidatehasstepped on stage.

After the firstdebate on Sept. 29, during which Trump repeatedlyinterrupted former Vice President Biden, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announcedit will mute each candidate’s microphone for two minutes as their competitor answersquestions— a move experts described as unprecedented in a general election presidential debate.

Welker has also been tasked with returning anytime taken up by interruptions to the other candidate.

The Trump campaign has also decried the debate topics, saying they should be focused solely on foreign policy. 

Thesecond presidential debate,planned for Oct. 15., was axedafterTrump declined to participate virtually following his COVID-19 diagnosis. Instead, Trumpand Bidenheld dueling town halls on separate networks.

COVID rules

According to the CPD, “all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols” will be followed during Thursday’s debate.

This includes audience members being forced to wear masks or being asked to leave. This isunlike the first debate, where members of the Trump family and other guests of the president walked into the debate in Cleveland, Ohio wearing masks butmostly decliningto wear face masks during the debatedespite the risks posed COVID-19.

Two days later, the president and First Lady Melania Trump announced they’d tested positive for the coronavirus.Trumphas claimed he does not remember whether he was tested for COVID-19 on the day of the first debate, but says he will get tested before Thursday’s match-up.


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