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The 2020 Presidential debates are just around the corner with the first one being held at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in Cleveland Ohio, Sept. 29th at 9pm. The first 90-minute debate will be spit into 6 segments at 15 minutes each. I'll be tuned in for every minute of it.
I'm really curious to see how Trump does when he has to answer the question like with debate format. Not that these debates aren't known for nonsensical answers to run out the time, but it's a much more curated situation when you're on stage and can't shh the person asking the question or simply ignore them all together. Trump will be forced to answer some questions he has yet in four years been able to answer in a logical way, or I atleast that's what I'm hoping will happen. We've all seen how Trump debated last election but this year is a totally different animal. I don't think that will fly as much as it did then, especially considering there's a good chance there will be a very limited crowd or no crowd at all to play off of like he does. I think that will be an achillies heel for him.
On the other hand, I'm also a bit worried as to how Biden is going to do on stage. Yes. We all know his slips up quite a bit. But when he's prepared he doesn't seem to do it as much and he knows this first debate is extremely important. I think he's going to do better than alot of people expect he'll do.
Overall, I think it's going to be a rough time for both Biden and Trump. Biden's just not used to debating in the way that Trump does it. I'm definitely not saying Trump will beat him with intelligence or political views, but he's just a hard one to deal with on stage with how he discusses things. Trump will do what Trump does best, talk over Biden and make jokes about serious questions and/or topics to make it seem as if they're no big deal. Other than that, Trump doesn't really pose much of a threat on the debate stage. If Biden is able to keep calm and deliver good points with a couple jabs here and there, I think he'll do just fine.
A couple other things I'm curious about is who will be the moderator and what the topics will be. The moderator is said to be announced sometime in early-mid September, while the topics can be released any time from now up until a week before the debate.