The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday the dates and locations of three presidential debates to be held during next year’s general election campaign, as well as a vice presidential debate.
The presidential debates are scheduled for September 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas; October 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia; and Oct. 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The vice presidential debate is scheduled for September 25 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The moderators and formats for each debate are not expected to be announced until next year, but the events are expected to last 90 minutes without commercial breaks.
The commission, which receives no funding from the government or political parties, has sponsored every presidential and vice-presidential general election debate since the 1988 elections.
“The U.S. general election debates, watched live around the world, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see major candidates address serious issues in a fair and neutral setting “, said the commission’s leaders, Frank Fahrenkopf and Antonia Hernández. said in a statement.
To qualify for the debates, candidates will need to obtain at least 15 percent support in national polls. In most elections, that means only Democratic and Republican candidates are on the stage, but it’s not out of the question that a third-party candidate like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could qualify this cycle given deep voter discontent towards the big party. choices.
It remains to be seen whether former President Donald J. Trump, who refused to attend the Republican primary debates, will agree to participate in the general election debates if, as seems likely, he is his party’s nominee.