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Why tonight's Trump-Biden showdown will be so different from the others

Less than two weeks before Election Day, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump will square off in a one, final debate tonight. What can we hope to expect?

Why tonight's Trump-Biden showdown will be so different from the others
Why tonight's vice presidential debate will be so influential in American history
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We are less than two weeks from deciding who the next President of the United States will be. A large majority of nation has already mailed in their ballots, but there is still a remainder which have not. For those individuals who are still, shockingly undecided, tonight's final debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, should provide some enlightenment.

As if the last four years wasn't illuminating enough.


Tonight's televised event, which will air from Belmont University in Nashville and moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, will hopefully differ from the first. Thanks to The Commission on Presidential Debates' decision to mute microphones during segments of the debate to prevent frequent interruptions (we're looking at you, Donald), tonight's debate will hopefully look a little different.

For me, my expectations for tonight's debate are somewhat low thanks to the first. However, there's always room for surprise and if we've learned anything from the last four years, it's to never assume. You know the good ole' saying when one assumes, so I won't waste my time in writing it out.

But what I do hope for tonight's debate is a little more detail into both parties plan for the next four years, primarily starting with fighting COVID-19. Thankfully, that's on the itinerary for topics discussed during tonight's debate. Among other topics discussed will be: "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership."

All of which were chosen by Welker.

Apart from new guidelines regarding mics, tonight's debate should be the same as the last... minus continuous interruptions. Each segment will last about 15 minutes, with candidates having two minutes to answer the moderator's questions. Once each candidate has answered Welker's questions, she will use the remaining time in the segment to facilitate further discussion on the topic.

It should be interesting to see how both candidates interact with one another using the muted microphones. My hope is that Biden will simply mute Trump whenever he's speaking, similar to the SNL skit where Jim Carrey (as Biden) uses a remote to pause Trump (played by Alec Baldwin) from interrupting him.

One can only dream, right?

You can watch the debate live on CNN and online starting at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for more information.

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