Presidential Debates 2016


The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates between or among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States are a permanent part of the electoral process. CPD’s primary purpose is to sponsor and produce the quadrennial general election debates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

2016 Presidential Debates Venues

Sep 26, 2016 First presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY | Viewership: 84 million
| Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R)

Oct 4, 2016 Vice presidential debate, Longwood University, Farmville, VA | Viewership: 37 million | Tim Kaine (D) and Mike Pence (R)

Oct 9, 2016 Second presidential debate, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO | Viewership: 66.5 million | Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R)

Oct 19, 2016 Third presidential debate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV | Viewership: 71.6 million | Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R)

(Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)