With the first debate less than a week away, tensions are mounting for what may be one of the highest rated television programs of all time. Here is your essential guide to the dates, times, and locations of all four presidential and vice presidential debates.
First Presidential Debate
Date and Time: Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Lester Holt, NBC anchor
Topics: “Achieving prosperity,” “Securing America,” and America’s direction”
The first debate will feature only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—the third party candidates did not qualify. The moderator will divide the debate into six 15-minute time segments. Clinton and Trump will stand at lecterns for the entire 90 minutes, and there will be no commercial breaks.
Vice Presidential Debate
Date and Time: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST
Location: Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBSN anchor
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will speak for 90 minutes, covering topics in nine segments of 10 minutes each.
Second Presidential Debate
Date and Time: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST
Location: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Moderators: Martha Raddatz, ABC anchor; Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor.
The second presidential debate will feature Trump and Clinton in a town meeting setting, answering questions from citizen participants as well as questions taken from social media.
Third Presidential Debate
Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST
Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Moderators: Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday anchor.
The third debate will have the same format as the first debate.
All debates will be commercial free and will air from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST. Be sure to check back with Townhall for full debate coverage and updates.