2016 Debates

There were three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate during the 2016 general election.


Courtesy Mark Abraham

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September 26

October 4
(Vice Presidential)

October 9

October 19

 


 

General Election Presidential Debate


Hillary Clinton (D) and
Donald J. Trump (R)


Date: September 26, 2016

Location: Hofstra University

City: Hempstead, NY

Time: 9:00 - 10:30pm Eastern

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator: Lester Holt, NBC

Topic: All Topics

Viewership: 84 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format: 90-minute debate with candidates standing at podiums. Divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes, with topics selected and announced beforehand by the moderator. Each segment opened with a question, after which each candidate had two minutes to respond. The moderator used the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

Pool coverage provided by: ABC

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Vice Presidential Debate


Tim Kaine (D) and
Mike Pence (R)


Date: October 4, 2016

Location: Longwood University

City: Farmville, VA

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 Eastern

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator: Elaine Quijano, CBS

Topic: All Topics

Viewership: 37 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format: 90-minute debate with candidates seated at table with moderator. Divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. Each segment opened with a question, after which each candidate had two minutes to respond. The moderator used the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

Pool coverage provided by: ABC

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General Election Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton (D) and
Donald J. Trump (R)

Date: October 9, 2016

Location: Washington University in St. Louis

City: St. Louis, MO

Time: 9:00 - 10:30pm Eastern

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC & Anderson Cooper, CNN

Topic: All Topics

Viewership: 66.5 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format: 90-minute town hall meeting debate. Half of the questions were posed directly to the candidates by citizen participants and the other half were posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates had two minutes to respond and there was an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants were uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Pool coverage provided by: NBC

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General Election Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton (D) and
Donald J. Trump (R)

Date: October 19, 2016

Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

City: Las Vegas, NV

Time: 9:00 - 10:30pm Eastern

Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Moderator: Chris Wallace, FOX

Topic: All Topics

Viewership: 71.6 million (Data provided by Nielsen Media Research)

Format: 90-minute debate with candidates standing at podiums. Divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes, with topics selected and announced beforehand by the moderator. Each segment opened with a question, after which each candidate had two minutes to respond. The moderator used the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

Pool coverage provided by: FOX

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