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How Long is the Third Presidential Debate Tonight?

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (Getty)

The third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas tonight. How long will the event last, and will there be any commercial interruptions?

Like the first two presidential debates, Wednesday’s event will last for 90 minutes, running from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time. There will not be any commercial interruptions during that time.

The second presidential debate’s format was a town hall, but this time around, the format is reverting back to how it was during the first debate back in September. Trump and Clinton will be standing at podiums and will be asked questions by the moderator, Chris Wallace. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, there will be six segments, each one lasting approximately 15 minutes. When asked a question, candidates have two minutes to answer, and the remaining time will be spent on followups from the moderator or a discussion between candidates.

The debate takes place just less than three weeks ahead of election day. Historically, this final debate tends to be the least important, with the fewest number of viewers tuning in. In 2012, for instance, 67 million people watched the first debate, while 59 million watched the final debate, according to the LA Times. This year, we’ve already seen a significant dropoff between the first and second debate, with the first being seen by 84 million people and the second being seen by 66 million.

The topics for the third debate will be immigration, entitlements and debt, the Supreme Court, the economy, foreign policy, and each candidate’s fitness to serve as president, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates. This will be the first time Donald Trump will answer press questions since nine different women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. It will also Hillary Clinton’s first time taking questions since WikiLeaks released dozens of emails and Wall Street speeches that show Clinton speaking much differently in public speeches than she did in private, and with one email showing a potential quid pro quo between the state department and the FBI.

Wednesday’s debate will be broadcast on all major news networks including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, CBS, and C-SPAN. For those who don’t have a television, it will also be streaming live on YouTube and Twitter.


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7 comments

  1. Iran deal was a disaster, emails scandal had effect on foreign policy, Benghazi crisis is another Hillary carelessness outcome, she was behind the overthrew of mohmed Gaddafi that leads the country in Chao and terrorist destination. sirya crisis is the result of Obama\Clinton bad strategy even further they gave training and weapons to the so called free sirya army later switch themselves to ISS notorious terrorist groups that become a threat around the world, obama and Hillary is responsible for escalated the confrontation between west and east ,that lead to nuclear power race and probably to third WW. Trump is the best choice for the world and Americans safety. Hillary is just Obamas third term .

    • Certainly easier to parrot the RNC party line than to judge each candidate on their merit.
      I am inclined to the view of ROBERT Gates in the WSJ and Michael Bloomberg — that Hillary has faults but Trump is completely unqualified to act as commander in chief.
      Besides he has played golf at my club several times and he brazenly cheats. And he is a narcissist and a racist.
      Tough choice but no contest in my humble opinion.

  2. Yes America, like the man in Canada said you are already great and still a beacon to the world. But one thing needs urgent and major attention. Get rid of your White Supremacist KKK toxic mixed of clueless white women and ignorant white male police officers in all your cities. Failure to remove these cancerous sores of racism, would result in a deadly race war.. You will then have black police officers turning in their badges then turning their guns on known White Racist cops in their respective departments. Yes America, you are already great but you can be much greater without having white supremacist police officers and clueless white women officers killing black people then being put on paid leave to attend KKK fundraising meetings. You will have a deadly racial war. Those fighting will not only be blacks but browns. And with the amount of firearms circulating especially among young angry black men, it will be a deadly potent force. Do not let it happen America because you are already great and can be greater. Good luck and we are hoping for the best to all your good people.