Donald Trump and Joe Biden will face off in two presidential debates. Here’s what we know so far


After months of questions about whether general election debates would happen, President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Donald Trump have agreed to participate in two: one in June and one in September.

There are still some details to be worked out, including the formats of the events and who will moderate. Here’s what we know so far:

The details

Trump and Biden have agreed to two debates. The first will held at 9pm local time on June 27 (11am on June 28 AEST) at CNN’s studios in Atlanta with no audience. 

To qualify, candidates must receive at least 15 per cent in four national polls of registered or likely voters that meet CNN’s standards.

Anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will moderate the debate. 

The second debate will take place on September 10 and will be hosted by ABC US. The time and place have not been confirmed. This debate has the same polling threshold as CNN. 

What have the candidates said? 

“It is my great honor to accept the CNN Debate against Crooked Joe Biden,” Trump posted on his Truth Social site.

“Likewise, I accept the ABC News Debate against Crooked Joe on September 10th.”

A screenshot of a truth social post by Donald Trump.

Biden said he’d done the same.

“Trump says he’ll arrange his own transportation,” Biden wrote on X.

“I’ll bring my plane, too. I plan on keeping it for another four years.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr also weighed in, claiming he had been excluded from the debate because they are afraid he could win. 

“Keeping viable candidates off the debate stage undermines democracy,” he wrote on X. 

Timing

The first debate will play out in a jam-packed political calendar, before either candidate becomes his party’s official nominee at the summer conventions — scheduled to begin July 15 for Republicans and August 19 for Democrats.

The June 27 match-up will come after the expected conclusion of Trump’s criminal hush money trial in New York, foreign trips by Biden in mid-June to France and Italy, and the end of the Supreme Court’s term.

That term will include a ruling on whether Trump is immune from federal prosecution for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

The debate will also come before the expected start of two criminal trials on opposite coasts for the president’s son, Hunter Biden.

The second debate would take place before most states begin early voting — though some overseas and military ballots may already be in the mail.

Sticking points

Trump’s campaign is also pushing for more debates.



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