5 things to know before the 3rd Presidential debate of 2016

October 18, 2016 - 4 minutes read

The first debate of the 2016 US presidential election set the record as the most watched debate in American history. The second, conducted in a “town meeting” format, had both moderators and audience members ask questions to the candidates. It had its share of gems with both candidates going on the offensive.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) organises three debates among the major candidates. With the 3rd and last one happening tomorrow, here’s an answer to every question  you had or didn’t have on the debate.

When and where

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face each other off on October 19th at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). None of the other candidates met the 15% polling threshold to qualify for the debate.

The debate will last 90 minutes, starting at 9:00 PM and ending at around 10:30 PM Eastern time. Taking place about three weeks ahead of election day, this is the last chance for both candidates to boost their standing in the race.

Where can I watch it?

The debate will air live on all leading television and cable networks and will be streamed online on websites of news sources like Fox, NBC, The Washington Post and CNN. Catch the highlights of the 90 minute debate on YouTube, right after the event.

For Americans who wish to watch the event on the big screen, Regal Cinemas is offering free screenings of the debate in theatres across the country as well.

What format will the 3rd debate follow?

This debate will mirror the format of the first: six segments of 15 minutes each. The moderator will begin each segment with a question that each candidate has 2 minutes to answer. The remaining time will have the candidates engage in discussion with follow up questions raised by the moderator.

The topics chosen for the 3rd debate are immigration, debt and entitlement, the Supreme Court, the economy, foreign policy and each candidate’s fitness to serve as president.

Who is the moderator of the 3rd debate?

Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday will act as the moderator on Wednesday’s final debate of the 2016 presidential election. Wallace has over 50 years in broadcasting and has won major broadcast news awards. He has interviewed various high-profile political guests including President Obama.

If people say, ‘it was a great debate and I don’t remember you being there,’ I will have done my job” said Wallace. He picked the topics for the debate and will be in sole charge of the event.

Can my kids watch it too?

The 2nd debate could be rated MA (mature audiences) for covering racy and sexual topics raised by both candidates. With accusations of sexual assault, crime and gender issues that might get addressed in the 3rd debate, it might be too much for kids to handle.

Many parents feel that exposure to bad adult behaviour can influence kids in a wrong way. If the candidates discuss rape culture and resort to name calling, it might not be quality family television. Yet some parents believe that those moments could be used to teach lessons about civility and respect. After all, lessons are important. Whether or not children can understand the issues under debate, the 3rd presidential debate might still be good to introduce them to the political landscape and spark interest in the future of the country.

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