The presidential debates between President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ How Markey took down a Kennedy MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ Pro-Trump group poll: Voters prioritizing economy, have shifting views on protests Twitter removes video from Trump tweet after ‘Electric Avenue’ copyright complaint MORE will be moderated by journalists from Fox News, C-SPAN and NBC, with CNN being shut out of the debates for the first time since 2008, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday.
Fox News Channel’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceOnly 36 percent expect presidential winner announced on election night: survey Lara Trump on lack of distancing at president’s South Lawn speech: We encourage people to follow the guidelines Overnight Defense: House chair announces contempt proceeding against Pompeo | Top general says military has no role in election disputes | Appeal court rejects due process rights for Gitmo detainees MORE, who has angered some Republicans for his pointed questioning of Trump and White House officials, will moderate the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29.
The second debate, which will be town-hall style, will be moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully in Miami on Oct. 15.
Four years ago I had the honor of serving as the back-up moderator for the @debates 3 presidential and 1 VP. This year it is a privilege to moderate the 2nd debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden OCT 15 @cspan pic.twitter.com/lsQ1xxdEOk
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) September 2, 2020
The third and final presidential debate will be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC and will take place in Nashville on Oct. 22.
There will be one vice presidential debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook takes down Russian troll farm | Apple, Google offer exposure notification help | Officials deny attacks on voting infrastructure Sports radio host in Missouri taken off air after Kamala Harris comments Biden campaign expected to have raised a record more than 0 million in August: report MORE (D-Calif.), which will be moderated by USA Today’s Susan Page and will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 7.
“We are grateful to these experienced journalists, who will help ensure that the general election presidential debates continue to serve their unique educational purpose of helping the public learn about the candidates,” the commission said in a statement. “Each individual brings great professionalism to moderating and understands that the purpose of the 2020 debate formats is to facilitate in-depth discussion of major topics.”
The Trump campaign has been pressuring the commission to add an additional debate earlier in September, saying that voters casting their ballots earlier than usual through the mail because of the coronavirus should hear from the candidates before they vote.
The Biden campaign has said it will only commit to the originally agreed upon three debates.
Trump adviser Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiJuan Williams: Trump’s black voices deny the truth Sunday shows preview: Protests continue over shooting of Blake; coronavirus legislation talks remain at impasse The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump accepts GOP nomination: ‘Best is yet to come’ MORE also sought to pressure the commission to choose from a list of moderators he believed would be unbiased.
None of Giuliani’s suggestions made the final cut.
However, the commission did not select any moderators from CNN, which has clashed with Trump and been the target of his attacks.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper moderated a 2016 debate between Trump and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMelania Trump used private email account while in White House, ex-friend says Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden ‘is on some kind of an enhancement’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE. In 2012, CNN’s Candy Crowley infuriated Republicans by correcting one of Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyPress: The big no-show at the RNC The Democrats’ emerging path to the presidency: The Southwest and Southeast Texas Democrats roll out major voter registration push MORE’s claims in real time. Crowley said later that Romney was “right in the main” but “picked the wrong word.”
Conservatives will be closely watching Wallace’s moderation of the first debate. He also moderated a 2016 debate between Trump and Clinton.
Wallace has angered some on the right, who believe he has been too hard on Trump and the Republicans. He was praised by many in the mainstream media for his combative interview of Trump earlier this month.
Updated at 12:35 p.m.