Tune into C-SPAN next Monday, September 26 for the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The debate will start at 9:00pm ET with our preview program beginning at 7:30pm ET.
The debate will be divided into six segments of 15 minutes each. Each segment will start with a question from moderator Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, after which each candidate will have two minutes for an initial response and then will be allowed to respond directly to each other. The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that tentative topics for the debate are "America's direction," "achieving prosperity," and "securing America."
Use our lesson linked below to compare and contrast Monday's debate with past presidential debates and have your students take notes using the provided worksheets and handouts.
C-SPAN will LIVE stream our coverage of the debate here. C-SPAN also archives all of our programming for you and your students to stream at any time, with links to our debate coverage to be featured on C-SPAN Classroom early Tuesday morning.
Are your students wondering why Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein aren't participating in the debate? Use our lesson on third party candidates and presidential debates:
Additional campaign related resources can be found in our Campaign 2016 section of the C-SPAN Classroom website: