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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off Monday, Sept. 26, in the much-anticipated first debate with the two U.S. presidential contenders — an event that could draw close to a Super Bowl-size audience.
The 90-minute confrontation between the polarizing political figures will be widely available on broadcast and cable TV, as well as via numerous online outlets including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Monday’s debate, the first of three between Trump and Clinton, is set for 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern and will be moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt.
Here’s how to catch the action, with several cable networks online services launching pre-debate coverage up to two hours before the main event at 7 p.m. ET.
Broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS and Univision will carry the debate without commercial interruptions. On cable, the debate can be seen on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Fusion and C-SPAN.
Facebook will exclusively carry ABC News’ live coverage of the debate, while other media are also expected to use Facebook Live to stream reports from the event. On YouTube, the debate will be live-streamed from PBS, Telemundo and the Washington Post.
Twitter will stream Bloomberg TV‘s coverage at debates.twitter.com, including pre- and post-debate segments. Roku users can stream the debate via apps for ABC News, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, NewsOn, and CNNgo (participating pay-TV subscription required).
Other websites and internet platforms featuring debate live streams include: ABC News, BuzzFeed News, CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, Daily Caller, Fox News, Fox Business News, Hulu, Huffington Post, NBC News, PBS, Politico, Telemundo,Wall Street Journal, Univision and Yahoo.
In addition, Snap’s Snapchat will cover the debates on-site via a “Live Story” from the perspectives of students from the universities hosting the debates, as well as volunteers, media and others. And NBC News has teamed with AltspaceVR for a live virtual-reality environment for the debate, which can be access on Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive headsets as well as through a desktop viewer for PCs.
The first Clinton-Trump debate — held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. — will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics selected by Holt. Holt will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond; Trump and Clinton will then have an opportunity to respond to each other, and Holt will use the remaining the time in each segment for further discussion of the topic.
In the weeks leading up to the debates, Facebook and Google have been providing data to the moderators about what internet users are searching for and saying about the candidates and the issues.
The second presidential debate is set for Oct. 9 at Washington U. in St. Louis, in a town-meeting format moderated by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and the third and final debate is Oct. 19 at UNLV in Las Vegas with Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderating. The Oct. 4 VP debate with Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, to be held at Longwood U. in Virginia, will be moderated by CBS News correspondent and CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano.
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, author, politician, and nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election. He is chairman of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests.
Born and raised in New York City, Trump received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. While attending college, Trump worked in his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm. He was given control of the business in 1971 and later renamed it “The Trump Organization”. During his career, Trump has built skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and numerous other developments across North and South America, Europe and Asia, many of which bear his name, such as the Trump Place apartment complex in Manhattan. He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began. Listed by Forbes among the world’s wealthiest 500 billionaires, Trump and his businesses, as well as his personal life and political views, have for decades received considerable media exposure. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015, for which he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has made cameo appearances in films and television series, and appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015.
In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for president as a Republican and quickly emerged as the front-runner for his party’s nomination. In May 2016, his remaining Republican rivals suspended their campaigns, and in July he was formally nominated for president at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has received a significant amount of media coverage and international attention. Many of his statements in interviews, on Twitter, and at campaign rallies have been controversial or false. Several rallies have been accompanied by protests or riots. Trump’s positions include renegotiation of U.S.–China trade deals, opposition to particular trade agreements such as the TPP, stronger enforcement of immigration laws together with building a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, reform of veterans’ care, replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and tax cuts. In the wake of the 2015 San Bernardino attack, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until “our elected officials can figure out what the hell is going on.” This ban would exclude “U.S. citizens who are Muslim.” He later said that the ban would focus instead on countries with a proven history of terrorism, until the level of vetting can be raised to screen out potential terrorists.
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