When is the first Presidential debate? 2016 Clinton vs. Trump set for Hofstra

Published 6:22 am Tuesday, August 9, 2016

When is the first presidential debate 2016?

The time is nearing for Clinton vs. Trump in the first debate. It is scheduled for September 26, 2016 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The first debate according to uspresidentialectionnews.com will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

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Hillary Clinton says she will participate in all three presidential debates.

A statement released Monday night by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta charges Donald Trump with engaging in “shenanigans” around the fall debates.

Trump has claimed that Clinton is rigging the debates because two of them are scheduled for the same time as NFL games. The schedule was set last fall by a nonpartisan commission.

Podesta says it is not clear if Trump “is trying to avoid debates, or merely toying with the press to create more drama.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.