World News – AU – No handshake, no mask and a coronavirus test after Welcome to the 2020 US presidential debates


After months of long-term beard swapping during the 2020 US election campaign, President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will meet face-to-face on the debate stage on Wednesday

This is the first of three presidential debates between the two candidates before the US elections on November 3

Location is Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland Origin location was University of Notre Dame, but the university has pulled out due to the coronavirus pandemic

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The questions on each topic are a closely guarded secret, and each candidate will have two minutes each to answer

Stay in your seat: the debate won’t have a commercial break Once it starts, it doesn’t stop until it’s over

Chris Wallace is a veteran Fox News host and normally hosts Fox News’s flagship Sunday show

Wallace hosted the third presidential debate in 2016 between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and was praised for his tough questions and fair moderation of the debate

He was criticized ahead of the 2016 debate for saying he didn’t think it was his job to be a « truth team » when asked how he would handle potential lies from candidates

Try a preview: Here are the best clips from Wallace’s recent interview with the president where the two clashed over coronavirus statistics and M Trump warned he might not accept 2020 election results

There will be no handshake None of the candidates will wear a mask The podiums will be spaced approximately two meters apart

And there will be a small paying crowd, as well as a small number of journalists, campaign staff and organizers

Peter Eyre, the Commission’s senior adviser on the presidential debates, told reporters that all participants will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the debate, but did not specify the type requirements to be met in order to attend

Joe Biden has been here before: Last of Democratic primary debates took place without a live hearing This may have been a factor in Biden’s blunt performance

Donald Trump has reportedly ignored preparation for the traditional debate of facing someone posing as Joe Biden in a mock debate, according to NBC

In an interview with Fox News, M Trump said he was « sort of » preparing for debates by « just doing what I do », referring to his appearances at rallies in Swing States

Former Vice President Biden would also avoid mock debates in favor of research briefings and tough questions from aides, according to The Atlantic

Speaking at a fundraiser, Mr. Biden said he hoped he wouldn’t « take the bait » of the president in debates

« I hope I don’t get caught up in a fight with this guy because he’s the only place he’s comfortable, » M said. Biden

Practice makes perfect: Both candidates have appeared at town hall events hosted by US TV stations and answered questions from voters in recent weeks

Buckle up, this is just the start of a month-long series of debates ahead of the November 3 elections

The following week will take place the second presidential debate, a town hall-style format where the two candidates will be toasted by the voters

The final presidential debate takes place on October 22 It will be the same format as the first debate

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World News – AU – No handshake, no mask and a coronavirus test after Welcome to the 2020 US presidential debates



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