President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden are set to square off in the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday night.
COVID-19 is causing this debate to be unlike any other. Organizers said fewer than 100 people will be in the audience and the candidates will not shake hands.
The 90 minute debate will have six 15 minute segments that will focus on issues like COVID-19, election integrity, race and violence, the economy, and the Supreme Court.
Political experts expect Joe Biden to attack President Trump’s COVID-19 response. Much like his message in 2008, Biden is expected to highlight his message about middle class struggles.
This attack is likely to pack an additional punch, after the New York Times reported President Trump did not pay any federal income taxes for 11 of the 18 years it investigated.
On Monday, the Trump Campaign released a new ad, suggesting Biden isn’t able to speak without using a teleprompter. He’s also accused Biden of taking “performance enhancing drugs.”
Many voters said they’ll be paying attention to see which candidates speak to their values and have an actual plan for the future.
“I want to hear Trump’s plan versus Biden’s plan for our country,” said Ohio resident Kathy Biggie.
“I want to see women’s rights talked about, LGTB community talked about. I want to see Black Lives Matter talked about,” said Jennifer Burns of Washington.
Political experts said it’s unlikely this debate will actually sway voters.
“The people tuning in are most likely people who already support Biden or Trump. It’s kind of like watching a sporting event in which you’re a fan of one of the two teams playing, and you’re tuning in to essentially cheer for your team,” said Greg Wolf of Drake University.
The debate will air at 8 p.m. on News 9.
President Trump and former Vice President Biden are scheduled to debate again on the 15th and 22nd of October.
Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will meet for their first and only debate on October 7.