With Muted Mics & No Audience, US Presidential Candidates’ First Face-Off In 4 Years

When President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump take to the debate stage on Thursday night, it will mark an unprecedented moment in American political history. It is to be noted that a current President has never before debated his predecessor, and the animosity between these two men will be evident on the CNN debate stage in Atlanta.

Trump has never conceded the 2020 election to President Biden. Just days after his supporters attacked the US Capitol, he broke with tradition by refusing to attend his opponent’s inauguration. Now, as both men vie for the presidency once more, this debate represents the first time in this election campaign that millions of people across the globe are keenly watching.

The stakes are exceptionally high, with tension in the room likely surpassing that of past debates. Both men will be striving to convince US voters that they deserve their vote in November.

Trump vs Biden Debate: When And Where To Watch

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will face off in their first in-person showdown of the 2024 election cycle at CNN’s debate in Atlanta at 9 PM ET, which is 6:30 AM Friday, Indian Standard Time (IST). 

The debate will be hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. The 90-minute debate will feature two commercial breaks, during which campaign staff will not be permitted to interact with their candidate, the network said in a report.

The CNN Presidential Debate will be broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español. It will also be available for streaming on Max for subscribers and without a cable login on CNN.com. CNN will allow additional broadcast and cable news networks to simulcast the debate.

Biden-Trump Presidential Debate: Top Points

  • The upcoming debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump marks the first time the two have shared a stage since their heated encounters four years ago.
  • The initial debate in 2020 was marked by frequent interruptions and Biden’s memorable exasperation, “Will you shut up, man?” At the second debate, delayed due to Trump’s Covid diagnosis, the two did not even shake hands.
  • Both candidates have been out of the debate spotlight for nearly four years. Trump skipped the Republican primary debate earlier this year, securing his position as the presumptive nominee without participating. 
  • Unlike previous debates, this one will be held in a cable television studio without a live audience, a decision made at the request of the Biden campaign, according to BBC.
  • As per the report, the microphones will be muted during each candidate’s allotted speaking time to prevent interruptions, a measure aimed at avoiding the chaos of their first debate in 2020.  

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