More than 80 million people watched the first presidential debate last week. And, according to scientific polls, Hillary Clinton was the winner over Donald Trump. Now it’s time for their second debate, to take place Sunday night, over what is for many Americans a three-day weekend (while Hurricane Matthew is predicted to pummel the Eastern seaboard of the United States, no less).
The second presidential debate takes place October 9th, on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the town hall-style event that will test the candidates’ ability at stagecraft, their ability to relate to individual Americans and their presidential bona fides.
The “town meeting” means the sniffling Trump, who said he was sabotaged with microphone problems during the first debate, and Clinton won’t be behind podiums as they were during the first debate, nor will they be seated at a table as Tim Kaine and Mike Pence were at the vice presidential debate. Instead, Clinton and Trump will face questions from audience members – as well as some selected from social media or other sources – according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Audience members will be undecided voters, as selected by Gallup.
According to the debate commission, the candidates will each have two minutes to respond to the questions, and then the moderators can choose to draw out the questions for another minute more.
The debate can be watched on any major cable and broadcast network, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and C-SPAN. Twitter will live stream the Bloomberg Media broadcast, and Facebook Live will carry ABC’s live stream as well as various news networks’ live broadcasts. YouTube will also have live streams from many organizations, including PBS, The New York Times, the Washington Post and Telemundo.