The polls have candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in almost a dead heat on the brink of the first presidential debate, airing tonight from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Beginning at 9pm Eastern Time, the debate will air on all the major broadcast news networks, as well as many PBS affiliates and cable TV news networks.
Here is the format for the debate, via US Presidential Election News:
The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.
Traditional TV options to watch the debate include NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision (Spanish language), C-SPAN and CNN. Facebook and Twitter will offer streaming coverage of the debates for those who don’t want to watch on traditional TV, and there is even a virtual reality option via NBC and Altspace VR.
Stay informed and tune in tonight.