NASHVILLE (WSMV) – Music City is just hours away from hosting the final presidential debate this year.
Tonight, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will share the stage one last time ahead of the November election.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump left Washington around 12:30 p.m. Central heading to Nashville. Melania Trump’s appearance in Nashville will be her first since being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Taking place at Belmont University, campus officials have been preparing for this day for over a year and a lot of excitement and activity is unfolding this morning. They tell us that major adjustments have also been made due to the pandemic.
“We’re ready. We’re excited that the spotlight is here at Belmont and we can’t wait for this historic moment to happen,” said John Carney, vice president of marketing and communications at Belmont University.
Media teams around the world are gearing up for the night and security is stepped up to prepare for the arrival of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Here are the topics of debate you will hear tonight:
- Fight COVID-19
- American families
- Race in America
- Climate change
- National security and leadership
After many called the first presidential debate a “train wreck,” the Presidential Debates Committee established new protocols:
- The debate will last 90 minutes, divided into six 15-minute segments
- Each candidate enjoys two uninterrupted minutes through the use of muted microphones
- Interruptions made after that will count in their time
Meanwhile, early voting across the country continues to break records.
“I think everyone is really excited to see this come to such an exciting conclusion,” said Debby Gould, vice president of the League of Women Voters TN.
Gould says she’s already noticed a big increase in the number of people voting early.
“It’s really exciting to see people who have never voted before, who maybe thought their vote didn’t make a difference. And suddenly they say, this time, I really need to vote, “she added.
News4’s Caresse Jackman asked Gould, “Do you always find people who say they are undecided?
“We are hearing from people who are still undecided. And let’s not forget, we don’t just vote for the president, ”Gould said. “We vote for people who run for state and local positions. And they all matter, and they all impact our lives. “
Ahead of tonight’s debate, two protests are expected near campus – one against abortion and the other from the “Be Better Belmont” group. They want to raise awareness of systemic racism.
And last night, the FBI made an announcement that Iran and Russia had obtained US voter registration information. National security is on the list of topics, but no word on whether this new information will be discussed.
Follow the ongoing coverage of the Belmont University News4 team ahead of tonight’s debate.
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