The United States Presidential Debates Commission (CDP) announced the list of moderators for debates between the presidential and vice-presidential candidates on Wednesday.
According to its Twitter profile, the CPD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. She has sponsored the general election debates since 1988.
She announced that the presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, will face each other three times.
The first debate will take place on September 29 and will be moderated by Chris Wallace, well-known journalist and presenter of the Fox News Sunday. Mr. Wallace, 72, is the son of renowned former journalist Mike Wallace, who died in 2012. He will be assisted by three other journalists. The first of the debates will take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The second debate is scheduled for October 15 in Miami, Florida. It will be hosted by Steve Scully, political columnist at C-SPAN, which broadcasts political news 24 hours a day. Mr. Scully, 59, hosts a daily 3-hour interactive program called “Washington Journal”. Between 2006 and 2007, he was the president of the White House Correspondents Association and is renowned for his neutrality.
The third face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be hosted by Kristen Welker, White House correspondent for NBC News. This debate is scheduled for October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Unique debate for running mates
As for the vice presidential candidates, Republican Mike Pence and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris will face each other once, on October 7 at the University of Utah in the city of Salt Lake City. This debate will be moderated by a dean of print media, journalist Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
According to The Hill daily, Mr Trump’s campaign board had pressured the PCD to schedule an additional debate in early September, arguing that it would be helpful to voters who vote by mail earlier than d habit due to the coronavirus pandemic. The daily specifies that the Biden camp refused this proposal, preferring to stick to the three debates initially agreed.
Greens and libertarians say they are excluded
Candidates from two minor parties immediately condemned their exclusion from the debates.
Howie Hawkins, the candidate of the Green Party, denounced as “undemocratic” the fact that it will not be included in the debate. “Campaigns by independent parties like ours are suppressed in our electoral system”, he wrote on his Twitter account.
Ditto for Jo Jorgensen, the candidate of the Libertarian Party. “This year, you don’t have to choose between Evil No.1 and Evil No.2”, she wrote on Twitter.
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.