Debate: A viewer's guide to the third and final presidential showdown
And then they’ll be over until the next election, we promise
The end of the presidential election is drawing ever nearer, but we’re not out of the woods just yet. There’s one more presidential debate happening, so if you’re one of the nation’s remaining undecided voters (or someone who’s made a decision but just wants to stay in the loop), you’re going to get one more opportunity to see Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump battle it out onstage while a respected broadcast journalist tries helplessly to rein them both in. We’ve got all the details on the big event, below.
When and where is the debate taking place?
The former Secretary of State and the former reality TV star will throw down for the third and final time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:00 p.m. local time (PT).
How can I watch it?
For something that can be so hard to watch, the debates are certainly, well, easy to watch. It will air live, at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, pretty much everywhere — you can find it on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, and all other major television networks. If you don’t have a TV, you can stream it live on most major news outlets’ websites, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, which will cover it via Snapchat stories.
Who’s moderating the debate?
Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox’s Fox News Sunday, has been tapped by the Commission on Presidential Debates to keep the conversation rolling. Earlier in the election cycle, Wallace co-moderated the Fox Republican Primary Debates along with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly. He is the first Fox News anchor to take the helm of a general election debate.
Will the third-party candidates take part?
No. Neither the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson nor the Green Party candidate Jill Stein reached the 15% mark in national polls needed to merit an invitation, so it will just be Clinton and Trump taking the stage Wednesday night.
What’s the format, and what are the topics?
The debate will last 90 minutes, consisting of six 15-minute segments, each of which will focus on a different preselected topic, chosen by the moderator. For this debate, Wallace has decided that Clinton and Trump will duke it out over debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be President — not necessarily in that order.
Um, what happened in the other ones, again?
Catch up on what happened by reading our reviews of the first and second presidential debates, which took place on Sept. 26 and Oct. 9, respectively. You can also relive the first and only Vice Presidential debate between Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, and Trump’s VP pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, by following the celebrity live-tweeting that went down during Oct. 4’s discussion.
This is the last one, right? After this we’re done?
Yes, this is the last one. But no, we’re not done! Election day is Nov. 8. What’s the point of sitting around and listening to these two argue for all these hours if you’re not going to show up to the polls and do something about it?