The first presidential debate is drawing frighteningly close, and it's time to face the seemingly incredulous fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will actually be on the same stage for the Sept. 26 Hofstra University debate. And for those looking for some information on when the first presidential debate will end, as well as a rundown of when the subsequent debates will be held, there are a few different places you can look to find out more details about the upcoming debates. Because as tensions between the two presidential candidates continue to escalate, the anticipation for this historic debate will also continue to grow.
The first debate, as well as all other 2016 presidential debates, are slotted to run for 90 minutes, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). They will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. ET with no commercial breaks.
The debate, which will be hosted by NBC's Lester Holt, will be divided into six segments, with each topic taking approximately 15 minutes. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond and then have an opportunity to respond to each other. If any time remains, Holt will use the remaining time for follow-up questions.
As announced on Sept. 19 by the CPD, the three topics that Holt will present during the debate will be "America's Direction," "Achieving Prosperity," and "Securing America."
Some of the recent comments Trump and Clinton have levied against each other, including the outrageous assertion Trump made earlier this month at a rally, during which he said that Clinton "could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the middle of the heart and she wouldn't be prosecuted," as well as the "basket of deplorables" comment that Clinton recently made about Trump supporters (a comment she later said she regretted making), are likely to surface during this first match-up.
At any rate, the 90-minute debate will be a must-watch as the nation gets ready for the two candidates to go head-to-head on a national stage. The topics sound like good fodder for debate, and hopefully they will not be clouded by the recent spats and feuds between Clinton and Trump. With just a few short days to the first debate, it's time for the games to begin!