Here’s when the next Trump vs Biden debate is taking place - and how to watch from the UK

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 2:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 2:17 pm

The final debate of the US election campaign is just days away with President Donald Trump set to face Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Friday night.

The debate schedule could hardly have been more chaotic with the first face-off marred by childish insults, as well as a refusal from the incumbent president to criticise white supremacist groups.

Days after the fierce encounter in Cleveland, President Trump revealed that he had received a positive coronavirus test and was subsequently hospitalised.

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The second debate, scheduled for October 15, was cancelled after the President refused to partake in a virtual debate, with both candidates instead participating in rival Town Halls.

Measures are now in place to prevent the final debate from descending into farce, with the debate commission planning to mute microphones as part of the final duel.

The face-off comes as Biden continues to maintain an arms-length lead over Trump, with the election just a fortnight away.

When is the third US election debate?

The Republican and Democrat candidates will go head-to-head in Nashville, Tennessee at 2am UK time on the morning of October 23.

The debate is scheduled to last for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks in between.

Where can I watch the debate in the UK?

The final debate will be streamed live by major US networks ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Who will moderate the debate?

The debate will be moderated by NBC anchor and White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

She graduated from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, the city of her birth, in 1994 and Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998

She became a White House correspondent for NBC in 2011, one year after joining the news broadcaster, having previously worked for ABC affiliates in Rhode Island and California.

President Trump has described Welker as a ‘radical left Democrat’.

What format will the debate take?

The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15 minute sections, each covering a different topic.

The six topics are American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Both candidates will have a two minute period to deliver opening remarks while the other’s microphone is muted.

Following this, an open debate will take place.

The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said: “in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules”.

In reaction to the rule changes Mr Trump said: “I will participate but it’s very unfair that they changed the topics and it’s very unfair that again we have an anchor who’s totally biased.”