The Presidential Debates: Trump Accuses Clinton Of Rigging The Schedule She Doesn’t Set

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet face-to-face in the presidential ring of debates starting September, but the verbal sparring between the two nominees has been non-stop for more than a year.

It continued Friday when Trump took to Twitter to accuse Clinton of stacking the presidential debate schedule against primetime programming to rig the the election.

Um, no, Donald, but nice try. The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates sets the debate schedule, not the candidates. And the schedule was set in September 2015.

In my opinion, he’s afraid to go up against her in a debate because he knows absolutely nothing. As Joe Biden said, Donald Trump is the most uninformed candidate running for president in history. Many others seem to agree with me, too. Trump’s complaint was met with much criticism from people who are highly aware of his tendency to try to get out of any situation where he might be questioned — or even criticized — by a strong woman.

So when do the presidential debates actually begin?

Glad you asked.

The first debate will be held September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates:

“The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.”

The second debate will be held October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

According to the Commission:

“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion.”

The final debate is set for October 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. This one will be the same format as the first one.

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will debate one time only on October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

According to the Commission:

“That debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.”

All debates will be moderated by a single individual. The moderators have not yet been announced, but they will select the questions in advance. Each debate will be held from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. ET without a commercial break. And all the debates will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, among others media outlets.

A heavyweight in policy, ideas, budget and platform, Hillary Clinton will throw lightweight Donald Trump to the mat in all three rounds for the championship title.

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