The commission that organizes the presidential general election debates is gearing up for when President Trump and the Democratic nominee take the stage for a war of words that will help voters decide who will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years.
Following recent custom, all three presidential debates and the one vice presidential debate will take place on college campuses across the country.
Below is some information to help readers prepare for the debates to come:
When and where are the general election presidential debates?
- Sept. 29 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
- Oct. 15 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
When and where is the general election vice presidential debate?
- Oct. 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah
Who will be participating in the debates?
- In the presidential debates, President Trump is expected to square off against one of the two remaining Democratic primary challengers. While the Democratic field started with a massive lineup of more than 20 candidates, it has winnowed down after Super Tuesday to be a match-up between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is still technically in the race, but has struggled to accumulate delegates.
Will Trump participate in the debate?
- The question of whether the president would participate in the debates arose last December when the New York Times ran an article that said he was mulling the decision. Trump tried to clear up the rumors with a tweet, saying he’s ready to debate “whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates." But he then went on to blast the Commission on Presidential Debates and say “there are many options, including doing them directly & avoiding the nasty politics of this very biased Commission.”