How to watch 1st presidential debate between Donald Trump, Joe Biden

CBC viewers, listeners and readers will have a host of options for taking in the first of three scheduled presidential debates between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday night.

Debate will be carried on CBC News Network, CBC Radio One, CBC Gem and

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, after months of back-and-forth bickering during the U.S. general election campaign, will meet on the debate stage for the first time in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

CBC News will have special live America Votes coverage of the presidential debate through a Canadian lens. Join CBC hosts for analysis and commentary as they help put the debate in context for Canadians.

The debate will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network, which can also be streamed at and through the CBC Gem app. Pre-debate coverage hosted by Carole MacNeil in Toronto and Lyndsay Duncombe in Washington starts at 7 p.m.

CBC Radio One listeners can tune in between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. for coverage hosted by Susan Bonner and Piya Chattopadhyay.

The debate Tuesday night at Case Western Reserve University is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes.

The moderator is veteran journalist Chris Wallace, who also served in that role the last time Trump debated, on Oct. 19, 2016, against opponent Hillary Clinton. 

Wallace, from Fox News Sunday, has already announced the topics he will cover over the six segments of the Ohio debate, which will include:

  • The Trump and Biden records.
  • The Supreme Court.
  • COVID-19.
  • The economy.
  • Race and violence in U.S. cities.
  • The integrity of the election.

Debates between Trump and Biden are also planned for Oct. 15 in Miami and on Oct. 22 in Nashville, scheduled by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. The Nashville date will be similar to Cleveland, with six topic segments, while Miami will feature the town-hall format first introduced to presidential debates in 1992, in which the candidates will take questions from voters.

Biden, en route to securing the Democratic nomination, participated in 11 debates during the primary process between June 2019 and March. He is looking to occupy the Oval Office come January 2021 after failed presidential bids in 1988 and 2008.

Trump is hoping to become the fourth president in a row to serve a second term. The last incumbent to lose a presidential election was George H.W. Bush in 1992.

There will also be one meeting between the running mates of the presidential candidates to take place next week. Vice-President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris will debate issues on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City.