Barely 10 days have elapsed since that first explosive presidential debate, and soon it will be time for the second one. The Sept. 26 debate was fully equipped with heated and intense volleys, with one standout moment occurring when Trump bragged ("braggadociously?") about possibly avoiding federal income taxes; a comment that has driven a lot of the national conversation this week. And if you are ready to tune into the next debate, you can watch the second presidential debate on these channels.
The debate, which is set to take place on Oct. 9, will be broadcast live from major networks such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. It will begin at 9 p.m. and run without commercial for 90 minutes. The second debate will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The fallout from the vice presidential matchup will likely also affect this second presidential debate. The contentious debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, which took place this past Tuesday at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, was difficult to listen to at times, as both running mates often spoke over each other throughout the course of the evening. And as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pointed out, "A lot of the time, I think those of us watching on television had no idea what was being said because not only were both men speaking over one another, the moderator was speaking over both of the candidates, and nobody was yielding to anybody else."
Questions related to Syria, nuclear weapons, immigration, Trump's seemingly praise-worthy comments of Russia's Vladamir Putin, and the question of those tax returns that the GOP candidate may have avoided paying dominated the debate, with Pence often "gaslighting," or flat out denying every accusation that Kaine made with a shake of the head and a refutation of a well-documented Trump statement.
And as we head into the second presidential debate, issues related to immigration, law enforcement, and yes, the legalities of Trump's tax returns are likely to be features of the debate.
The debate will be conducted in a town hall-style format, with half of the questions being posed by participants in the debate hall and the other half being posed by the moderators, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC. The citizen participation may make for an unusual dynamic in this upcoming debate.
If you are feeling the presidential debate burn, don't worry; you still have just about three days to recover and gear up for the next debate.