PREVIEW: Everything You Need to Know About the First Trump-Biden Presidential Debate

September 29, 2020

Scroll down to learn everything you need to know about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.


  • Donald J. Trump, successful businessman and President of the United States.
  • Joseph R. Biden, 77-year-old Democrat from Scranton, Pa.
  • Chris Wallace, Fox News host and debate moderator.


  • Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.


  • An opportunity for the presidential candidates to display their physical and intellectual stamina on a national stage.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will there be a live audience? (A small one. Between 75-80 people will be allowed to attend.)
  • Does Joe Biden have dementia? (TBD.)
  • Has Joe Biden agreed to be drug tested? (No.)
  • Where is Hunter Biden? (Unknown.)
  • Is Fox News really "fair and balanced"? (Yes, of course.)
  • Does the winner of the debate automatically become president? (No.)

What Trump Must Do to Win:

  • Invite a cardboard cutout of Tara Reade to the debate.
  • Rattle his opponent by frequently referencing Hunter Biden's crimes.
  • Capture the hearts and minds of voters with an extraordinary display of physical stamina and intellectual fortitude.
  • Use his natural good looks and sexual charisma to improve his standing with female voters.
  • Highlight the "leadership gap" between him and his opponent.
  • Obtain a sample of Joe Biden's blood, urine, or saliva for drug testing.

What Biden Must Do to Win:

  • Amphetamines.
  • Don't attempt to recite a quote that isn't already written down in front of him.
  • Remember what year it is, and use examples and analogies relevant to the present day.
  • Avoid personal anecdotes, especially ones involving trains, flapjacks, and Adlai Stevenson.
  • Thwart opponent's efforts to collect his blood, urine, or saliva for drug testing.
  • Cheat.

Key Questions for Trump:

  • Why do you think Democrats are trying so hard to rig the election?
  • Should the failing New York Times be prosecuted for publishing your tax returns?
  • You've been president for almost four years. Why hasn't Hillary Clinton been arrested?
  • A number of social media users have accused your opponent of being a pedophile. Thoughts?

Key Questions for Biden:

  • What is your name?
  • Where are you?
  • What year is it?
  • Why won't you acknowledge the existence of your seventh grandchild, referred to in Arkansas court documents as "NJR"? Doesn't the son Hunter fathered with an exotic dancer known as "Dallas" deserve to be loved?

Highlights From Trump's Debating Career:

  • "I never attacked [Rand Paul] on his looks and believe me, there is plenty of subject matter right there." (September 2015)
  • "I do carry [a gun] on occasion, sometimes a lot. But I like to be unpredictable." (October 2015)
  • HILLARY: "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country." TRUMP: "Because you'd be in jail." (October 2016)

Highlights From Biden's Debating Career:

  • "That's a [incomprehensible] of my position across the board. I did not praise racists." (June 2019)
  • "If you agree with me, go to Joe, three-oh, three, three-oh, and help me in this fight." (July 2019)
  • "Play the radio. Make sure the television—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night. The phone—make sure the kids hear words." (September 2019)

PREVIEW: How the Media Will Cover the Debate on Wednesday*


Former vice president Joe Biden prevailed as successful bystander to President Donald Trump's violent, race-fueled assault on truth during Tuesday night's presidential debate, controversially hosted by Fox News.

Moderator Chris Wallace aided the truth crime by refusing to check facts and forcing Biden to answer questions. Biden, however, exceeded expectations by staying alert and rejecting racism.

* This preview was generated using the Washington Free Beacon's proprietary bot technology.