Biden, Trump will cover SCOTUS, coronavirus, race and violence in first debate

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
September 29, 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump will debate for the first time in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Howie Hawkins completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“With so much of the electorate already clear on whom they will support, I think the key thing to watch for is: ‘What will move undecided voters?’ I define that as people who are either soft Biden or Trump supporters, backing a third-party candidate or undecided. And those people aren’t likely to tune into a debate but will see whatever two to three moments get replayed on Facebook, shared on social media, etc.”

– Perry Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEight senior writer​​​​​

Election Updates

  • Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are hosting the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET. The debate will be 90 minutes long without commercial breaks. It will be divided into 15-minute segments on the following six topics selected by moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace:
    • The Trump and Biden records
    • The Supreme Court
    • COVID-19
    • The economy
    • Race and violence in our cities
    • The integrity of the election
  • Howie Hawkins will protest the debate and the qualifying rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates in Cleveland on Tuesday night.
  • Hawkins completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Click here to read his responses.
  • Jo Jorgensen is hosting an event in Cleveland on Tuesday night, where she will answer questions submitted by the public.

Flashback: September 29, 2020

The editorial board of USA Today made its first presidential voting recommendation ever to oppose Donald Trump. It did not endorse Hillary Clinton.blank

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