After tonight’s debate, there will be just one more ahead of the election. Here’s what we know about the final presidential debate right now.
After tonight, we will have sat through three election debates: two for the presidential candidates, and one for the vice-presidential candidate. However, one more presidential debate still remains for the 2016 U.S. election cycle. The Commission for Presidential Debates has already released some information about the final debate. Here’s the breakdown.
First, the final debate will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The candidates will travel to the University of Nevada’s Las Vegas campus in Nevada.
Furthermore, we already know the moderator. Chris Wallace of Fox News, also known for anchoring Fox News Sunday, will get to ask the questions. He has not moderated a presidential debate before. However, he did moderate two debates during the Republican primary. Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier co-moderated both of those debates.
This final debate will have the same format as the first: 90 minutes, divided into six segments of 15 minutes each. If it’s anything like the first debate, segments will likely last a little longer or shorter depending on how long the candidates talk. Initially, candidates will have two minutes each to answer Wallace’s first question. He can proceed to ask more in-depth questions.
As with all debates this cycle, there will also be no commercial breaks.
The CPD’s site says that the moderator will announce major topics at least a week before the debate. The first moderator, Lester Holt, selected “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity,” and “Securing America” as his topics. However, like those topics, Wallace’s will likely be subject to change if anything big comes up in the week between the announcement and the debate itself.
Pretty much every major news channel, broadcast and cable, will air the debate in its entirety.