By: Regina Wright ~Campus News Editor~
With no lead in the polls and only 55 days left until Election Day, the upcoming presidential debates could have significant influence in swing states.
The debates are to be determining factors for voters who are undecided or on the fence. Popular topics like foreign policy, immigration and healthcare are expected to be discussed by both the presidential candidates and the vice-presidential candidates.
Each debate will be aired from 9 – 10:30 p.m. (E.T.)
The first presidential debate will be held on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in New York. The debate will be moderated by Lester Holt, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”
The first debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments and will focus on major topics chosen by the moderator. Each segment will open with a question from the moderator. Each candidate will be given two minutes to voice their answer, and then they may respond to each other. These topics will be released a week in advance.
The first debate between the vice-presidential candidates will be held on Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
The debate will be moderated by Elaine Quijano, anchor to CBSN and correspondent to CBS News. It will be divided into nine 10-minutes segments, and each candidate will be allowed tw minutes to answer the questions before they may reply to each other.
The second presidential debate will take place on Oct. 19 at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week” on ABC, will moderate the debate.
This debate will be in the form of a town hall meeting, with questions coming from citizen participants on location and from the moderator. Raddatz will select her questions based on social media trends and broad public interest. Candidates in the audience will be undecided voters and chosen by the Gallup Organization.
The final presidential debate will be held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 19. The debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, Anchor for Fox News Sunday, and will have identical format as the first debate