Chris Wallace Selects Presidential Debate Topics

From left: Kristen Welker, Chris Wallace and Steve Scully NBC News; Fox News; C-SPAN

Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, moderator of the season’s first presidential debate on September 29, has selected the six topics that President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face.

The topics are the Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities and the integrity of the election. The topics might not be in the order that they are listed.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said that the debate will feature six 15-minute segments, for a total of 90 minutes.

The first debate will take place at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.

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There was some criticism to the choice of topics for excluding climate change, which also was barely discussed during the 2016 general election debates.

“This is unacceptable — the climate crisis cannot be ignored,” Tom Steyer, a Democratic candidate in 2020, wrote on Twitter. He included a link to a petition to have it included.

But the Commission on Presidential Debates leaves it up to the moderators to select topics and questions. There will be further opportunities: Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate a presidential debate on October 15 with a town hall format, and Kristen Welker of NBC News will moderate the final debate on October 22.

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