Tonight we have the second (or third) Presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Biden. It is scheduled to start at 9 PM Eastern and last for 90 minutes.
There is to be just one moderator again, Kristen Welker of NBC. A key difference is that the candidate’s microphones will be cut off during their opponent’s initial two minutes of reply to a question.
The scheduled topics are “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.”
Expect Trump to interrupt Biden often, following the initial two minute span. He may also yell across the stage and attempt to physically distract him during those times. Expect Biden to use those two minutes to present himself as a calm, mannered debater, playing to the image of stability which is serving him well in national polls.
Both candidates can be expected to tailor parts of their answers to appeal to swing states, particularly Florida and Ohio.
Biden comes into the debate with a commanding lead. Polls typically tighten around this point in a campaign, and they have in a few states, but Biden continues to do well. Expect Trump to attack Biden’s son with conspiracy theories at some point during the debate. If Biden retaliates, it will likely be with one or more of the many items which have dropped over the last few weeks… whether Trump’s almost non-existent tax payments and plausible fraud or his secret Chinese account.
Here are two of the livestreams: ABC News and C-Span.