Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden will meet on the debate stage for the first time on Tuesday night, in a long-awaited head-to-head in which pretty much anything could happen.
Millions of voters will get their first opportunity to compare the candidates’ policies and personalities side by side on national television for 90 minutes, just five weeks before Election Day and as early voting takes place in some states.
When is it on?
The debate will take place at 9pm Eastern Standard Time which is 2am in the UK so you might need a pot of coffee to keep you company.
Where can I watch it?
All the major US news networks will be airing the debate, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
If you don’t have US cable, and why would you, some of these networks stream live online.
Amazon Fire, Android, Roku, and Apple TV services will also air the debate and if you have Sky, CNN is on channel 506.
Where is the debate being held?
Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Who is chairing the debate?
Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the first debate.
What should we expect?
Unlike in 2016 when he was an underdog no one took that seriously, Trump has a lot to answer for this time around and will be on the defensive.
More than 200,000 Americans have been killed by Covid-19 under his watch – the highest death toll of any country in the world. Tens of millions of people are still out of work.
The country’s cultural and political divisions are widening. And do not forget the weekend revelations that Trump has paid less federal income tax than most working-class Americans for several years.
Moderator Wallace and Biden will likely press Trump on those facts.
Trump, though, seems to revel in hand-to-hand combat, and history suggests that neither facts nor any code of conduct will prevent him from saying whatever he needs to change the subject.
He can pivot to more friendly...