Debates

2024-06-17 14:15:46
by Dan McCue
What You Need to Know About CNN’s Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump step into a CNN studio in Atlanta on Thursday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump step into a CNN studio in Atlanta on Thursday, June 27, to participate in the first of two planned presidential debates ahead of the 2024 election they are sure... Read More

2024-05-29 18:23:40
by Dan McCue
Kennedy Complaint Rips CNN, Calls Pending Debate ‘Prohibited’ Contribution

WASHINGTON — The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. presidential campaign filed a Federal Election Commission complaint on Wednesday, accusing CNN, President... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Robert F. Kennedy Jr. presidential campaign filed a Federal Election Commission complaint on Wednesday, accusing CNN, President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and their respective campaigns of “flagrant violations” of federal campaign finance laws. At the... Read More

2024-01-11 16:46:45
by Dan McCue
Iowa Goes Into Overdrive as Haley, DeSantis Meet in Final Pre-Election Debate

DES MOINES, Iowa — It was Iowa in winter, so it stood to reason the snow would be falling as... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — It was Iowa in winter, so it stood to reason the snow would be falling as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley squared off in the final candidate debate ahead of... Read More

Two Governors With Presidential Aspirations to Face Off in Fox News Event

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis are meeting in a nationally televised event on Thursday night... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis are meeting in a nationally televised event on Thursday night that will feature two young, high-profile leaders with presidential aspirations who may have to wait for future cycles to realize... Read More

2023-11-21 16:43:18
by Dan McCue
Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Dates and Locations for 2024

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday announced the dates and sites for next year's presidential and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday announced the dates and sites for next year's presidential and vice presidential debates, selecting four colleges and universities to host the events before the general election. The full schedule includes:... Read More

GOP Candidates Hit Trump and Back Israel. Here Are Highlights

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they face an increasingly urgent task to emerge as a clear alternative to former President Donald Trump,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they face an increasingly urgent task to emerge as a clear alternative to former President Donald Trump, five Republican presidential candidates gathered Wednesday for the party's latest debate. Trump, the overwhelming front-runner in the race, skipped the event,... Read More

DeSantis Said He Would Support 15-Week Abortion Ban

When Ron DeSantis seemed to say during last week's Republican presidential debate that he would support a federal ban on abortion at 15 weeks... Read More

When Ron DeSantis seemed to say during last week's Republican presidential debate that he would support a federal ban on abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy, some anti-abortion activists called it the news they had been waiting months to hear. The president of Susan... Read More

Republicans Face Growing Urgency to Stop Trump as They Enter Second Presidential Debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Republicans are meeting for their second presidential debate on Wednesday as Donald Trump's top rivals... Read More

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Republicans are meeting for their second presidential debate on Wednesday as Donald Trump's top rivals seek to blunt the momentum of the former president, who is so confident of cruising through the party's primary that he again won't... Read More

The Seven Candidates Who Have Qualified for Second Republican Presidential Debate

The field for the second Republican presidential debate will be smaller than the first. Seven candidates have qualified for Wednesday night's... Read More

The field for the second Republican presidential debate will be smaller than the first. Seven candidates have qualified for Wednesday night's debate at Ronald Reagan's presidential library in California, the Republican National Committee said, confirming that former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson... Read More

Presidential Debate Shows How GOP Candidates Struggle to Address Climate Change

NEW YORK (AP) — The eight Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage were asked to raise their hands if they believed... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The eight Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage were asked to raise their hands if they believed human behavior is causing climate change. Not a single hand went up. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shut down the question... Read More

The GOP presidential Debate Puts Spotlight on Wisconsin, One of Remaining Swing States

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Republican candidates for president gather for their first debate Wednesday in Milwaukee, the spotlight will... Read More

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Republican candidates for president gather for their first debate Wednesday in Milwaukee, the spotlight will not only be on them but also on Wisconsin's role as one of a shrinking handful of genuine battleground states. Republicans... Read More

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Fierce Ron DeSantis Critic, Qualifies for GOP Presidential Debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has qualified for next week's Republican presidential debate, becoming the ninth... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has qualified for next week's Republican presidential debate, becoming the ninth White House hopeful to meet the fundraising and polling thresholds required to participate in the opening face-off of the 2024... Read More

A Look at Which Candidates Have Qualified for 1st GOP Presidential Debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With less than a month to go until the first Republican presidential debate of the 2024 campaign,... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With less than a month to go until the first Republican presidential debate of the 2024 campaign, seven candidates say they have met qualifications for a spot on stage in Milwaukee. But that also means that about... Read More

2023-04-11 15:13:45
by Dan McCue
Deadline Looming for Sites Interested in Hosting 2024 Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON — The deadline is fast approaching for interested venues to submit proposals to host a 2024 general election debate.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The deadline is fast approaching for interested venues to submit proposals to host a 2024 general election debate. The deadline for applications is April 28. Those who haven’t submitted an application but wish to can still request a... Read More

Kemp, Abrams Argue Abortion, Voting in Ga. Governor Debate

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abram s traded harsh attacks on Georgia's elections during the pair's final... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abram s traded harsh attacks on Georgia's elections during the pair's final debate before Georgia's Nov. 8 election, while elaborating on their positions on abortion and offering sharply differing visions for the state's... Read More

Kemp, Abrams to Debate on 1st Day of Early Voting in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Early in-person voting begins in Georgia on Monday, hours before the candidates for governor meet in the... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Early in-person voting begins in Georgia on Monday, hours before the candidates for governor meet in the first of two scheduled debates. Democrats in particular are trying to push their supporters to cast ballots early in races that include a... Read More

2022-04-14 21:57:44
by Dan McCue
RNC Votes to Withdraw From Presidential Debates Commission 

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates, claiming the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates, claiming the organization unfairly favored Democrat Joe Biden over incumbent Republican Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election. The commission has organized... Read More

2022-01-13 20:07:01
by Dan McCue
RNC to Require Presidential Candidates Skip Nonpartisan Commission Debates

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge they will not participate in presidential debates run by the nonpartisan commission. In a letter dated Thursday, RNC Chairwoman Ronna... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is holding nothing back as he prepares to face former Vice President Joe Biden in... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — With three weeks left until election day, President Donald Trump has not recovered from the self-inflicted wounds of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It appears the final two scheduled presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle are not going to happen.... Read More

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

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

Tonight's debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will likely be the most-watched... Read More

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

Mike Pence and Kamala Harris do not have a tough act to follow. The vice presidential debate set for Wednesday... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates said Wednesday it will consider changes to ensure the next two debates between... Read More

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

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

Tonight’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is the candidates’ first, and perhaps best chance... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators for its upcoming general election debates with Chris Wallace of... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former VIce President Joe Biden, has been moved to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee is moving Sunday’s presidential primary debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee increased the threshold for qualifying to participate in its next presidential debate, meaning the... Read More

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

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