Final Donald Trump-Joe Biden presidential debate of 2020 tonight: Time, TV channel, how to ...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will meet for the final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign tonight. Kristen Welker, an NBC News correspondent, will be the moderator. The event is being held Thursday, October 22 at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is the second and final of three previously scheduled debates between the Republican incumbent and the former vice president. The 2020 presidential election is Nov. 3.

• The debate will stream live in the video provided above with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can also watch the final presidential debate tonight live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial) and there are several other ways to watch live online for free without cable or a streaming package provided below. We will also have live reaction and video clips highlights of the debate as they happen provided from social media below.

This final debate was supposed to be the third of three previously scheduled presidential debates this fall. The second of the three, originally set for October 15, was canceled following Trump being diagnosed with COVID-19. When the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the town hall debate scheduled for Oct. 15 would become a virtual town hall, for the purposes of safety, Trump said he wouldn’t participate in a virtual debate. After a series of back-and-forth communications, the Biden campaign decided on hosting a town hall featuring the Democratic candidate, which aired on ABC on Oct. 15. Following the Biden campaign’s lead, NBC surprisingly announced it would air a town hall event with Trump, also on Oct. 15, essentially putting Trump and Biden in a rivalry for ratings.


In tonight’s final debate, Welker has named six issues which will get roughly 15 minutes of discussion apiece including the COVID-19 pandemic and how the U.S. is handling it, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.


The 90-minute debate will see some changes from the first debate, which was widely criticized for being chaotic and unpleasant to watch largely due to numerous interruptions by Trump as Biden spoke. At tonight’s debate, candidates will each be given two minutes of uninterrupted time to address the major topics. During that time, their opponent’s microphone will be muted in an attempt to avoid interruptions. The opponent will be able to respond at the close of those questions, and crosstalk will be allowed after the opening statement has been completed.

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Here are details on how to watch tonight’s debate:

What: The final presidential debate of 2020 between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

When: 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) Thursday, October 22

TV channels: The debate will be carried on all major networks and cable news channels, including ABC, FOX, NBC, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC and more.

How to live stream online: Networks including ABC, CBS, C-SPAN, Fox News and more, will provide live streams of their coverage on YouTube. If you don’t have cable but prefer to watch the debate on network TV, you can watch the debate live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). If you are out of free trials with fuboTV, you can also watch the debate for free on Hulu Live (free trial), or Sling TV (free trial) if you prefer those platforms and their pricing plans.

If you don’t already have one, another great way to watch future debates and major broadcast events for free — without signing up for a cable package, satellite package or streaming service — is by purchasing an HDTV antennae. An HD antennae will get you several of the top over-the-air broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and more.

A solid and well-rated HDTV antenna can be purchased for under $30. This Gesobyte brand HDTV antennae is currently the top selling HDTV antennae product on Amazon and is under $30 and ships quickly with Prime. So, if you have a Prime account, you should be able to get it and be watching NFL games as soon as it arrives.

More ways to watch: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast / XfinitySpectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, CoxDIRECTV, Dish.

— Tim Brown, The Oregonian/OregonLive | @timfsbrown

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