The debate is taking place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, before a small live audience that will include some students. The university is in the middle of a two-week shift to online courses, as part of what school officials are calling a “circuit breaker” designed to reduce the risk of transmission. Everyone at the debate venue is supposed to be tested for coronavirus and take other precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing. Pence, Harris, and Page will be able to take off their masks once they’re onstage.

How to Watch the Debate

With a comfort beverage of your choosing.

Seriously, though, you have options. Like its presidential counterpart, the vice presidential debate will be simulcast across all the major networks and cable news programs, including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, and PBS. Check your local listings, take your pick. The event is scheduled to kick off at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT).

Most of these channels have streaming apps on the major providers: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, and so on. Noticias Telemundo is hosting a stream of the debate on its digital platforms, as well as a live blog and fact-check for Spanish-speaking audiences.

YouTube is another popular option. Channels like ABC News and C-SPAN already have streams ready to go.

If you’re more interested in sounds than sights, you can also stick with NPR’s coverage, which you can find on your local station or through the NPR One app.

This is the only debate between the vice presidential candidates before Election Day. There are two more presidential debates scheduled to take place, on October 15 and October 22. So far no changes have been announced as a result of the White House coronavirus cluster.


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