For the primary time in additional than three a long time, an unbiased presidential candidate could participate in a normal election debate.
The Fee on Presidential Debates introduced the schedule and conditions for the 2024 cycle Monday, with three presidential debates set for:
- Sept. 16, 2024, at Texas State College in San Marcos, Texas
- Oct. 1, 2024, at Virginia State College in Petersburg, Va.
- Oct. 9, 2024, on the College of Utah in Salt Lake Metropolis
A single vice presidential debate is slated for Sept. 25, 2024, at Lafayette School in Easton, Pa.
To qualify for the controversy stage, candidates for president and vp will need to have achieved no less than 15% in nationwide polling.
With beneath 10 months to go till the primary debate, environmental lawyer and anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is averaging 16.7% within the latest RealClearPolitics aggregate.
Enterprise magnate Ross Perot was the one third-party candidate within the trendy period to make a normal election debate, in 1992.
The CPD, which has overseen all normal election debates since 1988, will decide which polls shall be thought of qualifying after consulting with specialists.
Moderators and codecs for the debates haven’t been introduced but. Each is anticipated to start out at 9 p.m. ET and final roughly 90 minutes.
Nevertheless, it stays unclear whether or not the Republican and Democratic standard-bearers will take part.
Each of the frontrunners — former President Donald Trump, 77, and President Biden, 81 — seem noncommittal to squaring off onstage.
Spokespersons for each campaigns declined requests for remark from The Put up, as did reps for each the Republican Nationwide Committee and Democratic Nationwide Committee.
Friction emerged between the RNC and the CPD in the course of the 2020 election cycle, with RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel accusing the fee of bias.
Trump famously skipped the second deliberate debate, protesting plans to make it digital following his contraction of COVID-19.
Republicans additionally took problem with the selection of then-C-SPAN host Steve Scully as moderator, who had interned for Biden within the late 1970s. Scully was then suspended by C-SPAN after he lied about speaking with former White Home Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci forward of the controversy.
Trump has additionally skipped all three of the GOP major debates to this point this cycle.
The final election is slated for Nov. 5, 2024.