Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, will square off Wednesday night for their first and only debate — and in a nod to the coronavirus pandemic the candidates will face each other behind plexiglass screens.
Here’s what you need to know about the debate:
What time will it start?
The event will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday and run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption. It will be held in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Who is the moderator?
USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.
What is the format?
The debate will include nine 10-minute segments. Page will ask a question and each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Page hasn’t released a set of topics.
Can the debate be live-streamed?
Like the presidential debates, it will air on all of the networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – and the major cable channels – CNN, MSNBC, Fox and C-Span. It will also stream online on YouTube, Hulu, AT&T TV and Sling.
How did the debate change because of coronavirus?
The pandemic played a major role in planning for the debate, especially after about 11 people involved in preparation for last Tuesday’s presidential debate tested positive and President Trump was diagnosed two days later. The campaigns have been debating the safety precautions for days.
The candidates will be separated from each other and the moderator by plexiglass panels. They will also be seated at tables 12 feet apart, instead of the initially agreed upon seven feet.
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