First Presidential Debate! Clinton & Trump, Head to Head!

First Presidential Debate! Clinton & Trump, Head to Head!

Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face-off in the first of three presidential debates. The presidential debate kicks off at 9:00 PM EST and will run commercial free throughout its 90-minute duration.

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What You Need to Know

Moderator: Lester Holt – NBC News

Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Format: The first Presidential debate will be divided into six segments with approximately 15 minutes on each major topic selected by the moderator. Moderator will open each segment with a question, which candidates have the opportunity to respond in two minutes or less. Candidates will have an opportunity to respond to each other’s answers.

How to Watch: The debate will be aired through all major TV news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, C-SPAN, and CNN.

In addition, several websites have cut deals this year to bring the debate online. Facebook will be ABC News’ coverage through Facebook Live. Twitter has partnered with Bloomberg TV for full coverage of the debates and has made the stream available through YouTube will provide live-streaming coverage from multiple organizations, including NBC News, PBS, Fox news, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Telemundo.

Recent Polls

ABC News/Washington Post (Likely Voters) 46% Clinton, 44% Trump, 5% Johnson, 1% Stein

Quinnipiac (Likely Voters) – 44% Clinton, 43% Trump, 8% Johnson, 2% Stein

Bloomberg (Likely Voters)46% Clinton, 46% Trump

NBC News/Wall Street Journal (Likely Voters) – 43% Clinton, 37% Trump, 9% Johnson, 3% Stein

Further Reading:

Ronny Lau, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, September 26, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (