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Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates 2016 TV Schedule, Topics and Moderators

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off on Sept. 26 for the first round of three scheduled meetings. The next week's 2016 presidential debate will be the first time that Trump and Clinton appear on a stage together.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican candidate Donald Trump (right) The Fiscal Times

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off on Sept. 26 for the first round of three scheduled meetings. The next week's 2016 presidential debate will be the first time that Trump and Clinton appear on a stage together.

The Sept. 26 debate will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It will be broadcasted live starting 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Television networks such as CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC and C-SPAN will air the debate live. In addition, watch it live at cable news channels CNN and MSNBC.

The moderator for the first presidential debate is NBC anchor Lester Holt. In a report from Yahoo News, Holt announced the debate's topics are "America's Direction," "Achieving Prosperity," and "Securing America."

For the vice presidential debate, it will happen on Oct. 4 (Tuesday) at Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia. CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano will moderate the face-off between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Their debate will start at 9 p.m. EST.

According to NBC News, the first presidential debate has six segments. Each segment is 15 minutes long and starts with a question. Candidates have two minutes two respond to each question. If there's still a time left, the moderator can ask for more questions.

The moderators can also extend sections to make sure that Clinton and Trump get equal speaking time. The 90-minute long presidential debate has no commercial breaks

The format for vice presidential debate is similar, but it has nine sections, which are each ten minutes long.

As for the schedules of the second and third presidential debates, check out the list below.

Second Presidential Debate

When: Oct. 9, 2016 (Sunday), 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. EST

Where: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Moderators: ABC anchor Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper

The second presidential debate will be in town hall meeting setting, where some questions will came from citizen participants and people in social media.

Third Presidential Debate

When: Oct. 19, 2016 (Wednesday), 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. EST

Where: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Moderator: Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace

The third debate will have the same format as the first debate.

Meanwhile, a week before the first presidential debate, Clinton leads Trump by six points, 43% to 37%, among likely voters, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The new survey was conducted from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. Its respondents are 1,000 registered voters. It is also the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that focused on opinions of registered voters. 

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