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How to Watch the Presidential Debates 2020: Schedule, Channels, and More

When is the next presidential debate? Check out our quick and easy guide to find out.

Election season is upon us (whether we like it or not), so it’s time to bone up on the candidates and throw some wild watch parties.

This guide will help you find out when the next presidential debate is and how to watch all the gaffes and takedowns that are sure to ensue.

Presidential debate schedule

There will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate in 2020. As you can see below, the 2020 presidential debates will air live across the nation  at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on every major network.

2020 presidential debate dates, times, and more

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Who's debating?Scheduled dateScheduled timeChannels
Biden vs. TrumpTuesday, September 299 p.m. ESTABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more
Harris vs. PenceWednesday, October 79 p.m. ESTABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more
Biden vs. TrumpThursday, October 159 p.m. ESTABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more
Biden vs. TrumpThursday, October 229 p.m. ESTABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more

How to watch the presidential debate live

You can watch each presidential debate live on the Big Four networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) and some popular cable channels by streaming them on an app or watching them live on TV.

Pro tip: Watch all the 2020 presidential debates live for free by streaming them on Pluto TV or using an HD antenna.

The same goes for the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, which will also be broadcast nationwide on the Big Four networks and several popular cable channels like CNN and FOX News.

So, no need to worry about scrambling for the right livestream or finding the exact channel on the clicker like you had to for the presidential primary debates (*moment of silence for all the Bernie Bros out there*).

How to watch the 2020 presidential debates FAQ

When is the next presidential debate?

The next 2020 presidential debate is on Tuesday, September 29 at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). 

What time is the presidential debate tonight?

Each 2020 presidential debate will start at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). That translates to 8 p.m. central daylight time (CDT); 7 p.m. mountain standard time (MST); and 6 p.m. Pacific daylight time (PDT). 

What channel is the presidential debate on?

Each 2020 presidential debate will be broadcast on the following TV channels:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • CNN
  • C-SPAN
  • FOX
  • FOX News
  • FOX Business
  • NBC

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