After President Trump and former-Vice President Joe Biden took the stage last week in their first debate, it's now time for their running mates.
Current Vice President Mike Pence will be debating Senator Kamala Harris in their first, and only debate of this election cycle and here's how you can watch it. And it's bound to be a good one.
Particularly after President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Vice President Pence has continued to test negative for the virus since then, but the Biden-Harris campaign isn't taking any chances. For the Vice President debate, there will be at least 12-feet between the two candidates, and there will also be plexiglass between them. Everyone in the audience will also be wearing a mask.
This debate should be more of a conventional debate, as you have two candidates that are actually politicians, unlike President Trump – who did famously bad in the first debate. You have a very religious Mike Pence (who tried to pray the LGBTQ community straight), and the former attorney general for the state of California, Kamala Harris. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but it should lead to a much more enjoyable debate for both sides.
It is taking place at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be a limited audience. Basically limited to those that are part of the campaign. As we saw with the first debate, the two candidates' families were present, along with top campaign officials. Much smaller audience than we would normally see at a presidential debate.
What topics will be covered in this debate?
Similar to the presidential debate, the vice presidential debate will be 90 minutes long, with no commercials.
There will be nine 10-minute segments. They have not yet disclosed what topics will be covered. But you can pretty much guess that they will be similar to what Trump and Biden covered in their first debate. That includes the economy, COVID-19, civil unrest and more.
USA Today's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will be moderating this debate. As was the case with the first debate, there is only one moderator, due to COVID-19 concerns. As mentioned, the two candidates will be at least 12-feet apart, and there will be plexiglass barriers between them and the moderator.
Page should be a pretty good moderator for this debate. She's had a 47-year career in the industry, and has covered 10 presidential elections and six administrations. Page has also interviewed nine sitting US presidents.
What time does the debate start?
The debate will start at 9PM ET, and end around 10:30PM ET. It'll also be 90 minutes long and with no commercials, like the first presidential debate.
When the debate wraps up around 10:30PM ET, you can expect to see post-debate analysis on almost every channel that has live streamed it. The only exceptions are likely Fox, since it cuts to local news at 10PM. If you want extended analysis, then you'll want to watch cable news – CNN, MSNBC or Fox News.
How can I watch the Vice President debate?
There are many ways to watch the debate tonight. If you live in the US and have cable or an indoor antenna, you can watch the debate on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN. If you are using an antenna for OTA channels, then your choices are a bit more limited to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. But still plenty of places to watch. Since there is only one moderator, the coverage of the actual debate will be the same on every channel. The differences will be on the pre- and post-debate analysis.
If you are a cord-cutter, you can watch the entire debate on YouTube. Just about every network will also live stream on YouTube, and there will be no TV login necessary to watch.
Those that do subscribe to any of the many streaming TV services, you'll also be in luck.
Sling TV costs $30 per month and does have CNN, Fox News, Fox, MSNBC and NBC included in its Sling Blue plan. You also have the ability to DVR the debate to watch later on, if you wish to do so.
You can sign up for Sling TV here.
Hulu with Live TV
Another great option is Hulu with Live TV. Which costs $54.99 per month and gives you access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. It also includes a number of other channels, as well as the entire Hulu catalog.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is the same price as Hulu with Live TV, and it includes 45 live TV channels. These also include ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC. So you'll be able to watch the debate tonight. You can also upgrade and get more channels as well as HBO MAX included.
This is a really great option for sports fans and costs $64.99 per month. It does have over 114 live TV channels available, as well as those that are needed to watch tonight's debate. That includes ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, but it does not have CNN, unfortunately.
Full debate schedule for the 2020 Presidential Election
There are a total of four debates for this election cycle, three presidential debates and one for the vice president candidates. Here's the full schedule:
- First presidential debate – Tuesday, September 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Vice presidential debate – Wednesday, October 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Second presidential debate – Thursday, October 15 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
- Third presidential debate – Thursday, October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee