We have seen months of sporadic campaigning events, tightly controlled by a team of campaign staff. But all of that is coming to an end.
On the debate stage, the candidates are alone and captivated by their intuition, so these are the most dangerous moments.
This is your helpful guide.
When and where are Trump’s Biden debates taking place?
There are three presidential debates on the agenda in US East Coast local time:
- September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
- October 15 in Miami, Florida.
- October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.
He will also meet Vice President, Mike Pence, and Senator Kamala Harris face to face, on the seventh of October in “Salt Lake City”, in Utah, at 9 pm EST.
What does the first debate look like?
Six questions in six segments, each segment 15 minutes. The parts are:
- The Trump and Biden Records.
- Supreme court.
- Coronavirus pandemic.
- Ethnic protests and urban violence.
- Election integrity.
Trump and Biden will get two minutes each to answer the question at the outset, before the dialogue begins.
What should people pay attention to in the first debate?
Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, North America correspondent
Donald Trump is well known. It seeks dominance in the spotlight, and its strengths and weaknesses are familiar to most Americans.
That is why the presidential debates will focus more on how Joe Biden is performing in the spotlight.
Biden’s job will be to perform in a steady and confident manner. He needs to get Americans, or at least enough of them, comfortable with his Oval Office thinking way.
He needs to dispel concerns about his age and mental vitality and avoid verbal stumbles, which hindered him in the past.
On the other hand, Trump’s job will be to get his opponent in error.
As Hillary Clinton and his primary opponents can attest, he is destabilizing and unpredictable on the stage, and if he manages to confuse Biden, he may plant the seeds of suspicion in the minds of less-loyal Democrats.
In doing so, he will also have to be prepared for Biden’s counterattacks, including criticism over how he handled the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the duties of the presidency.
Debate will be the ingredients for a loud confrontation.
And there might be excitement from the announcer, right?
The first debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, broadcaster for Fox News.
A lot of people might think that the Fox News anchor would give President Trump an easy ride, but it might just be the opposite.
The president has endured some of his most embarrassing moments, sitting in front of Wallace, who is legendary in control of the details.
A television interview circulated widely in July, when Wallace told Mr. Trump that he had undergone the same cognitive ability test that the president had repeatedly boasted of, and told him it was “not the hardest test.”
Trump – who usually favors Fox News – criticized Wallace as “imitating” his father, Mike Wallace, who was the original reporter on a CBS program.
Wallace, a Democrat, said organizing debates is a dangerous business because it helps “millions of people decide who to vote.”
The second debate will be moderated by Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s political editor. This time it will be in the form of an open meeting, which means that real people can play a role as well.
Finally, NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker will conclude the debate season.
Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, will serve as the vice president’s only counterpart.
What do the supporters say?
We asked two voters from our team.
Mike Harlow, a Trump supporter, a 30-year-old writer and YouTube publisher in New York City, says expectations are “so low for Biden” that he worries that it looks like a stellar performance, if he’s “only able to talk and stand still.” “.
Biden’s performance is of similar concern for Reem Sebha, a 24-year-old graduate student in Seattle. She says she is concerned that the debate performance and political plans of Democratic candidate Biden may not translate into actual votes.
She added, “I worry that people will say that Joe Biden does not have the energy to be president, or that he is too old or that he does not have the personality or charisma.”
But when did the debates actually affect the elections?
Viewership of the debate is dropping, but millions of Americans still love it.
They are entertaining and informative, and for many voters debates help them cement their preferred candidate.
In the first-ever televised debate in 1960, young Democratic Senator John F Kennedy confronted then-Republican Vice President Richard Nixon.
Kennedy’s team worked to make sure he looked lively in close-ups, while Mr. Nixon, who was recovering from an illness, wore an ill-fitting suit and was seen wiping the sweat from his forehead.
The novel says that most of the television viewers, who were 70 million at the time, felt that the young Kennedy had won, while those who had followed the debate only on the radio believed that the more experienced Mr. Nixon would win.
Mr. Kennedy saw a jump in the polls after the debates, although we can’t say, for sure, that it was due to his versatility on the small screen.
Republican challenger Ronald Reagan beat President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 debates using short, simple terms.
Carter tried to shed light on politics and history, while Reagan used humor to his advantage, responding to one of Carter’s lengthy criticism by simply saying, “Here you go again.”
In 2000, Democratic candidate Al Gore’s performance in the debate against George Bush may have cost him the presidency.
Many voters understood Gore sighed and his eyes looked at his Republican counterpart’s response that he was coming from his side.