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Trump and Clinton To Have First Presidential Debate, 2016

Two U.S Presidential Candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to have First Presidential Debate, 2016

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) plans to hold 4 debates for the 2016 United States presidential election, scheduled for various locations round the United States in September and October 2016 respectively.

Three of them involving presidential candidates and one vice-presidential nominees.

The non-profit-making, nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the formats for the 3 presidential and one vice presidential election debates it will sponsor this fall.

The formats for the 90-minute debates are designed to facilitate in-depth discussion of the leading problems facing the nation.

First presidential debate (September 26, 2016, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY)

The debate is going to be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be chosen by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

The moderator will open each section with a question, after which every candidate will have 2 minutes to respond. Candidates will then have a chance to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the section for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Vice presidential debate (October 4, 2016, Longwood University, Farmville, VA)

The debate will be divided into 9 time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which every candidate will have 2 minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the subject.

Second presidential debate (October 9, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which 1/2 the questions will be raised directly by citizen participants and also the other half will be posed by the moderator depending on the topics of broad public interest as mirrored in social media and other sources. The candidates will have 2 minutes to respond and there will be an extra minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters chosen by the Gallup Organization.

Third presidential debate (October 19, 2016, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV)

The format for the debate will be just like the first presidential debate.

All debates will be moderated by an individual and will run from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time without commercial breaks. As always, the moderators alone will choose the questions to be asked, which are not familiar to the CPD or to the candidates. The moderators will have the ability both to increase the segments and to make sure that the candidates have equal speaking time. While the main focus will properly be on the candidates, the moderator will regulate the conversation so that thoughtful and substantive exchanges occur. The CPD is in discussion with technology and civic groups that will give data to the moderators to help them in distinguishing the subjects that are most important to the general public.

Culled from: debates.org


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