Biden and Trump in direct duel: How to watch the first presidential debate in the parliamentary elections

Biden and Trump in direct duel: How to watch the first presidential debate in the parliamentary elections
Biden and Trump in direct duel: How to watch the first presidential debate in the parliamentary elections

ATLANTA (AP) — The first parliamentary election debate The 2024 election season is here and it is a historic moment no matter what happens on the stage.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will participate in the debate in Atlanta on Thursday night. It is not only the first time a sitting president has faced a former president, but also the first debate for both candidates in this year’s election. And it comes so early in the campaign that neither has yet accepted their party’s formal nomination.

Here’s how you can follow the debate:

When will the debate take place?

The debate begins Thursday at 9 p.m. ET and will be moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

On which channel will the debate be broadcast?

CNN will broadcast the debate live on its network, as well as on CNN International, CNN en Español and CNN Max. Viewers can also stream the debate without logging in on the CNN website. Several networks have also agreed to broadcast the event live.

Where is the debate?

The first general election debate will take place in the CNN studios in Atlanta. Unlike the Republican primary debates, there will be no audience.

Georgia, once a Republican stronghold, was a crucial battleground in 2020. Both parties are preparing for another closely contested race in the state. Trump also faces impeachment in Georgia for his push to “Find 11,780 voices” and invalidate Biden’s victory based on false or unproven theories of election fraud.

Which candidates are on stage?

With Biden and Trump, two candidates will be on stage. For a while, it seemed as if they would not meet at all.

What you should know about the 2024 election

Biden’s campaign team had proposed excluding third-party candidates, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.excluded from the debates outright. Under debate commission rules, Kennedy or other third-party candidates could be admitted if they received enough ballots to receive 270 electoral votes and received 15% or more in a sample of national polls.

Both CNN and ABC announced the same qualifying threshold, saying candidates must score at least 15 percent in four national polls of registered or likely voters who meet their standards between March 13 and a week before Thursday’s face-off. Last week, CNN said Kennedy had failed to meet those marks.

Trump did not participate in any of the Republican primary debates, making this his first appearance this election cycle. Biden also did not debate any of his Democratic challengers.

Last month, Biden announced that he would not participate in the fall program. Presidential debates sponsored by the bipartisan commission that has organized them for more than three decades. Instead, his campaign suggested that the media should cover the debates between the likely candidates of the Democrats and Republicans.

Hours later, Biden said he had accepted an invitation from CNN, adding, “Handing over to you, Donald.” Trump, who had insisted he would debate Biden anytime, anywhere, said on Truth Social he would be there, too, adding, “Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!” Shortly afterward, they agreed to a second debate.

What’s next?

The second debate will be held on September 10 on ABC. The network has not announced details about the venue, but said that moderators David Muir and Linsey Davis will moderate the debate.

And don’t forget the running mates. Trump hasn’t named his yet, but Vice President Kamala Harris has accepted an invitation from CBS News to debate her potential rival in the studio either on July 23 or August 13.


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