Presidential Debates 2020


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, 2016, and 2020.

2020 Presidential Debates Venues

Sep 29, 2020 First presidential debate, Cleveland Clinic, HEC, Cleveland, OH | Viewership: 73.1 million
| Joe Biden (D) and Donald J. Trump (R)

Oct 7, 2020 Vice presidential debate, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT | Viewership: 57.9 million | Kamala Harris (D) and Mike Pence (R)

Oct 15, 2020 Second presidential debate, Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL | Viewership: NA | Joe Biden (D) and Donald J. Trump (R) (CANCELLED)

Oct 22, 2020 Third presidential debate, Belmont University, Nashville, TN | Viewership: 63 million | Joe Biden (D) and Donald J. Trump (R)

(Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)