Next Tuesday, incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will meet face to face on the stage. It's the first of three scheduled debates between these two men.
They're set to have another on October 15th and a third one a week later. Incumbent Republican Vice-President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris will have their debate on October 7th.
These events each last an hour and a half. There are no commercial breaks. There are opportunities for the candidates to respond to each other and for the debate moderators to steer the discussion. The topics for next week's presidential debate will include the candidate's political records, the Supreme Court, the economy, race and violence in American cities, the coronavirus pandemic and the integrity of the election. It's very tough to predict how influential the debates will be on how people vote.
But to ensure they're organized, relevant and fair to the candidates, a non-profit, non-partisan group was created to oversee the events. The Commission on Presidential Debates was established in the late 1980s'.