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First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family 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: This was best inaugural address I've ever heard Fox News's DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard' 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.

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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 GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE, who died Friday.

The subsequent presidential debates will take place on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough LeBron James says 'it would be great' for champion Lakers to visit Biden White House MORE (D-Calif.) will meet for the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7.