Debates

Key Takeaways from the Second and Final Trump-Biden Debate
2020 Elections
Key Takeaways from the Second and Final Trump-Biden Debate

If you're one of more than 48 million Americans who have already cast your presidential ballot, not to worry. Although they managed to behave better than in their last raucous debate — a mute button helped — nothing that President Donald... Read More

Trump and Biden Spar in Quieter But Still Volatile Final Debate
2020 Elections
Trump and Biden Spar in Quieter But Still Volatile Final Debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump sought a last-minute comeback Thursday at his final debate with Joe Biden, pushing unsubstantiated claims about the former vice president's financial dealings and promises that a coronavirus vaccine will be available long before public health experts say is... Read More

Trump Enters Final Debate Seeking to Make Up Ground on Biden
Debates
Trump Enters Final Debate Seeking to Make Up Ground on Biden

President Donald Trump has some ground to make up in the final campaign debate Thursday against Democrat Joe Biden after a widely panned performance in a face-off days before he tested positive for coronavirus and ended up in the hospital. But rather than spend... Read More

Trump Erupts Over Debate Moderator, Campaign Assails Topics for Final Debate
2020 Elections
Trump Erupts Over Debate Moderator, Campaign Assails Topics for Final Debate
2020-10-20 18:19:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is holding nothing back as he prepares to face former Vice President Joe Biden in the next -- and final -- presidential candidate debate of the 2020 election cycle. While Biden plans to take most... Read More

Trump Hasn’t Recovered From Tailspin Set Off by Raucous Debate Performance, Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump Hasn’t Recovered From Tailspin Set Off by Raucous Debate Performance, Poll Shows

WASHINGTON — With three weeks left until election day, President Donald Trump has not recovered from the self-inflicted wounds of his first debate with Joe Biden and, instead, has sunk further behind his challenger, a new USC Dornsife poll shows.... Read More

Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
2020 Elections
Second Presidential Debate On Ice As Candidates Opt for Separate Events
2020-10-08 20:52:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It appears the final two scheduled presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle are not going to happen. After a morning of fast-moving events, ABC News has announced that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take part in a... Read More

Takeaways From the Vice Presidential Debate Between Harris and Pence
2020 Elections
Takeaways From the Vice Presidential Debate Between Harris and Pence

For 90 minutes, the understudies had their moment. Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris faced each other Wednesday night behind plexiglass partitions in a low-key debate that was peevish but generally polite. Their clash probably won’t have... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Features Fiery Exchanges But Civil Behavior

SALT LAKE CITY — Vice President Mike Pence struggled to get the Trump campaign back on track Wednesday in a heated but disciplined debate with Sen. Kamala Harris that contrasted sharply with the chaotic clash last week between the presidential... Read More

Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
2020 Elections
Vice Presidential Debate Could Be Most Watched Ever But Few Will Have a Change of Heart
2020-10-07 19:16:54
by Dan McCue

Tonight's debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will likely be the most-watched vice presidential debate ever, but it's unlikely to dramatically change the minds of viewers, according to an academic steeped in... Read More

Viewer's Guide: Virus Response on Stage with Pence, Harris
Debates
Viewer's Guide: Virus Response on Stage with Pence, Harris

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris do not have a tough act to follow. The vice presidential debate set for Wednesday night follows the disorderly prime-time spectacle last week that had viewers of President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden’s... Read More

Kamala Harris Faces Intense Pressure, Double Standards Leading Into Vice Presidential Debate
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Kamala Harris Faces Intense Pressure, Double Standards Leading Into Vice Presidential Debate

SAN JOSE, Calif. — With Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test casting uncertainty on the final two presidential debates, the pressure is on for Kamala Harris to make the case to American voters that she and Joe Biden belong in the... Read More

Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them
2020 Elections
Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Donald Trump’s volcanic debate performance put the president’s sympathy for white supremacists in the campaign spotlight Wednesday, heightening a sense of menacing chaos in the race that threatens to undercut other Republicans up for reelection in a... Read More

Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
2020 Elections
Debates Commission Vows to Make Changes Ahead of Next Trump/Biden Faceoff
2020-09-30 18:33:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday it will consider changes to ensure the next two debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden don't descend into chaos. "Chaos" is among the more printable words... Read More

An Evening of Insults and Accusations as Trump Repeatedly Interrupts the Debate
2020 Elections
An Evening of Insults and Accusations as Trump Repeatedly Interrupts the Debate

CLEVELAND — Shouting, insults and misinformation dominated the first presidential debate, as President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to close a persistent polling gap and mobilize his base with conspiracy theories that veered into encouragement for a far-right hate group and... Read More

Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
Debates
Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
2020-09-29 16:01:04
by Sara Wilkerson

Tonight’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is the candidates’ first, and perhaps best chance to define the rest of the election, according to a panel of seasoned political advisors assembled by the Boston Globe.... Read More

The First Presidential Debate Brings High Stakes for Trump and Biden
2020 Elections
The First Presidential Debate Brings High Stakes for Trump and Biden

WASHINGTON — The first presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump has a strong chance of being the most-watched political event in U.S. history, and the enormous potential audience on Tuesday is just one factor that has heightened... Read More

Biden Has Upper Hand Over Trump in Expectations Game for Debate
Debates
Biden Has Upper Hand Over Trump in Expectations Game for Debate

Democrat Joe Biden takes the stage at the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday staring at an opponent, in President Donald Trump, who has unwittingly done him a big favor — lowered expectations for Biden’s performance. The president has... Read More

Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
2020 Elections
Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Moderators
2020-09-02 19:11:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators for its upcoming general election debates with Chris Wallace of Fox News presiding over the first meeting of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The moderators for the... Read More

Commission Turns Down Trump’s Request for Fourth Debate
Political News
Commission Turns Down Trump’s Request for Fourth Debate

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday rejected the Trump campaign’s request for an additional debate against Joe Biden in early September as well as its efforts to select moderators for the three scheduled debates. The commission... Read More

Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor
Law
Confusing Georgia Law at Heart of Debate Over Lewis’ Successor

ATLANTA — Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.... Read More

First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
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First Presidential Debate Moved to Cleveland Amid Pandemic Concerns
2020-07-28 16:22:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former VIce President Joe Biden, has been moved to the Health Education Campus Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the organizers announced. The Commission on... Read More

University of Michigan Confirms It Won’t Host Presidential Debate. Here’s Why
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University of Michigan Confirms It Won’t Host Presidential Debate. Here’s Why

DETROIT — The uncertainty surrounding the fall semester, including ongoing COVID-19 concerns, led the University of Michigan to withdraw from hosting a presidential debate in October. The school made the official announcement Tuesday morning. The Free Press was the first... Read More

Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
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Democratic Debate Moved to DC Due to Coronavirus Concerns
2020-03-12 18:56:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is moving Sunday’s presidential primary debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., due to concerns over the coronavirus. In a brief written statement, DNC communications director... Read More

New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
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New Qualifying Rules Likely to Make Next Debate the Joe and Bernie Show
2020-03-06 23:03:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee increased the threshold for qualifying to participate in its next presidential debate, meaning the next time candidates take the stage, viewers will likely see only two: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen.... Read More

Audio Released from Warren-Sanders Confrontation After Debate
Political News
Audio Released from Warren-Sanders Confrontation After Debate

Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar, audio of the senators’ confrontation after the Democratic debate revealed. On Wednesday, CNN released audio of the post-debate moment in Des Moines, Iowa. The news organization reported the conversation wasn’t... Read More

DNC Raises Bar for Candidates Hoping to Qualify for December Debate
2020 Elections
DNC Raises Bar for Candidates Hoping to Qualify for December Debate
2019-10-25 19:44:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee has again revised the threshold for qualifying for upcoming presidential candidate debates, a move that could winnow the onstage participants to just five. The new participation criteria apply to the DNC's sixth debate, which... Read More

DNC Raises Qualifying Thresholds for Fifth Presidential Debate
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DNC Raises Qualifying Thresholds for Fifth Presidential Debate
2019-09-23 20:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee announced its qualification criteria for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate, which is scheduled to be held in November. As in the case of the most recent presidential candidate debate, the November criteria require... Read More

Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
Political News
Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
2019-06-14 14:54:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee Thursday evening announced the 20 presidential candidates who will take part in the party's first debate later this month. The debate will take place over two days -- June 26 and June 27 --... Read More

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