First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE will face questions about the novel coronavirus, the Supreme Court and their respective records in elected office when they meet for the first 2020 presidential debate next week.

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE, the moderator of the first debate, announced the list of topics on Tuesday. The debate will also cover the economy, race and violence in U.S. cities, and the integrity of the election, according to Wallace.

The debate will take place on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic's shared campus, offering voters a chance to judge the candidates side by side. Biden currently leads Trump in national and key swing state polls with less than two months before the November election.


Biden has made criticism of Trump’s response to the coronavirus — which has now killed 200,000 Americans — a central focus of his campaign. Trump, meanwhile, has defended his response to the virus while focusing on violence and destruction that has accompanied some demonstrations against racial injustice that have taken place across the country in recent months.

The candidates will also field questions about the Supreme Court days after Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCouric defends editing of RBG interview Biden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE, who died Friday.

The subsequent presidential debates will take place on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisAre supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? Harris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip MORE (D-Calif.) will meet for the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7.