Presidential Debate Schedule: What Time is the Presidential Debate Tonight? Time Zone Schedule & More

Presidential Debate Schedule
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head for the first time on September 26 and viewers are highly anticipating the next presidential debate. The highlights from their first live debate have people asking, “What time is the presidential debate tonight?” “What time does the presidential debate start?” “What time and channel is the presidential debate on?” Sunday night will be the second presidential debate and here’s everything you need to know before it airs tonight.

Presidential Debate Timing

On Sunday, October 9 the second presidential debate will air live at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Like the first debate, there are six sections that focus on the six topics announced the week prior to the debate. Each segment is 15 minutes long and after the question is given by the mediator, each candidate has two minutes to respond to the question, then to each other. Tonight’s debate, according to will be mediated by Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and Co-Anchor of ABC’s This Week, and CNN Anchor, Anderson Cooper.

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The debate will begin at 8 p.m. EST and viewers can tune in to C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC to watch as it airs. The live stream will also be available through some of the networks’ websites, as well as on YouTube. The presidential debate central time is 7 p.m. and the presidential debate pacific time / presidential debate PST is 5 p.m.


Highlights from the First Presidential Debate

The events leading up to the 2016 presidential elections have been extremely challenging for Americans, many of whom have not yet secured their votes. Although opinions have been shared over social media, it’s the votes that really count. The presidential debates are crucial to helping Americans make up their minds. The first debate between Clinton and Trump counted on their ability to coherently and honestly respond to the questions from the mediator and, ultimately, win more votes.

Throughout the debate, Clinton responded to the questions in a clear, and rehearsed manner, while Trump continued to ramble and drift off the topics. Trump is a businessman, while Clinton understands the middle class and seeks to uplift and stabilize them. In addition to expressing their ideas and plans for the provided topics, both Clinton and Trump were made to answer for public mistakes they’ve made.

To watch the full video of the first presidential debate, see below. Stay tuned for future debates, as well to decide for yourself who would be the best president.




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