The list of topics for President Donald Trump’s first televised showdown with Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden has been announced.
The Commission for Presidential Debates released the information on Tuesday, a week ahead of Trump’s scheduled face-off with Biden, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
The debate, which is set to be moderated by Chris Wallace, will take place at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic on Sept. 29 and will be broadcast live across the nation. The debate will run for 90 minutes, with no commercials, according to the New York Post.
There will be six, separate 15-minute segments on the following topics that Wallace himself chose: Trump’s and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, the coronavirus, the economy, race and violence in American cities, and election integrity. Topics are subject to change, the debate commission said, according to Fox.
The list provides both Trump and Biden opportunities to attack critical themes for their respective campaigns: while Biden has insistently slammed Trump’s response to the pandemic as insufficient, Trump has hammered Biden over a perceivably feeble response to riots in Democrat-run cities.
On the issue of the Supreme Court, Biden has called President Trump’s push to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a “breach of constitutional principle,” but Biden has avoided clearing up whether he supports court-packing while refusing to release his own list of potential nominees, as NBC News notes.
“It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question,” Biden said Monday when asked about court-packing. “It will shift the focus, that’s what [Trump] wants.”
The economy, meanwhile, was one of Trump’s strongest points before the coronavirus and related lockdowns led to the worst downturn since the Great Depression, although the economy has made a slow recovery since.
The issue of election integrity is also looming largely as both sides gear up to fight over a possibly delayed and contested election result, courtesy of a push to vote by mail that Trump has slammed as a gateway to fraud.
There are two more debates on Oct. 15 in Miami and Oct. 22 in Nashville, as well as a vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, according to the New York Post.
The debate may be the first time Biden has come face-to-face with Wallace since March. The Fox journalist, who is renowned for giving challenging interviews, has criticized Biden for refusing to come on his show after President Trump sat down for a contentious interview in July.
Voters are not going to want to miss this one.