How to watch Trump vs Biden in the UK: The final presidential debate takes place tonight, ahead of next month’s 2020 US general election. Here’s how to watch Trump vs Biden in the UK.
Trump vs Biden debate start time
US President Donald Trump will take on Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden in the final presidential debate on Thursday October 22. The pair will take to the stage at 2:00am UK time, which is 9pm local time in Nashville, Tennessee.
Depending on where you watch, pre-amble will start at around 12:00am midnight UK time.
How to watch Trump vs Biden in the UK
All of the major networks in the United States are showing the debate, which will be moderated by Kristen Welker, who works for the NBC network. You’ll also be able to watch on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
However, in the UK, there are also a number of options for tuning in. The best bet might be CNN, which will have full coverage and great analysis throughout the event, with its coverage starting at midnight UK time. The network offers the CNN International channel in the UK.
If you have Sky, the CNN channel is available on channel 878 in your TV guide. If you’re a Virgin Media subscriber, it’s channel 607. Unfortunately, it’s not available on Freeview and BT TV. However, you can watch via CNN’s website, which is free to view in the UK.
Both BBC News (coverage starts at 1:30am) and Sky News (coverage starts at 1:00am) will also show and stream the event via their television channels and online portals, but are unlikely to have the same depth of analysis as the US counterparts.
Trump vs Biden debate preview
The incumbent President Donald J. Trump is not the favourite to win this election. He remains down heavily in almost all national polls and faces an uphill struggle in many of the important ‘swing states’ that will decide this and every other US general election.
However, it’s impossible to write off Trump, who faced a similar polling deficit in the run up to the 2016 election, when he famously upset Hillary Clinton to claim the presidency.
Many say Trump’s performances in the debates laid the groundwork his victory in 2016, however his disgraceful antics in the first debate was hard for even his most ardent supporters to accept. The second debate was postponed due to his COVID-19 diagnosis, so this is the president’s last chance to land blows before the election on November 3.
Team Biden will be keen to ensure it doesn’t offer Trump an easy route back into the race, with the election just 12 days away.
Biden isn’t exactly causing much Obama-like excitement as a candidate. His main campaign message seems to be that he isn’t Trump. Biden is pledging a return to decency with a common sense platform designed to engage moderate voters on the political spectrum.
Naturally, we expect Trump to come out swinging and don’t rule out some below the belt punches. However, unlike the first debate, the two candidates’ mics will be muted when it isn’t their turn to speak. Thank heavens!
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