President Trump and Joe Biden clashed in their first chaotic, insult-laden in-person debate in Cleveland on September 29, in what was supposed to be the first of three debates before Election Day. But the second debate, originally scheduled for October 15 in Miami, was cancelled by organizers after Mr. Trump tested positive for the coronavirus and refused to participate in a virtual debate.
Interruptions and name-calling so dominated the first debate that the commission announced the following day it would make changes to the rules before the two candidates met again, but those plans were quickly derailed after Mr. Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
Only one opportunity now remains for the two candidates to directly debate the merits of their respective visions of the next four years for the country. Both President Trump and Joe Biden have agreed to face off for the last time on Thursday, October 22.
The final debate will take place less than two weeks before Election Day, November 3. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, “all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols” will be followed.
The moderator, Kristen Welker, is a White House correspondent for NBC News and co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY.” The format will be identical to the first presidential debate, with the time divided into segments focusing on different issues chosen the moderator.