After countless shots across the bow through negative ads and in interviews with the press, presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could soon face off in a proper debate. Events are on the docket, but it remains to be seen if Trump, who has floated his reservations, will actually show up.
Here are the three scheduled debates between Republican nominee Trump and the Democrats' Clinton:
- Sept. 26, at Hofstra University, New York, 9 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT
- Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, 9 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT
- Oct. 19, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 9 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT
Trump skipped a Republican primary debate because he decided it was unfair to him. He has threatened more of the same in the presidential debates.
"I will absolutely do three debates," Trump told Time in an interview this month. "I want to debate very badly. But I have to see the conditions."
But after saying he'd absolutely like to debate Clinton, the real estate magnate indicated he'd want to set the terms of the event, similarly to how he haggled over the details of the primary debates.
"I renegotiated the debates in the primaries, remember? They were making a fortune on them and they had us in for three and a half hours and I said that’s ridiculous," Trump told Time. "I’m sure they’ll be open to any suggestions I have, because I think they’ll be very fair suggestions. But I haven’t [seen the conditions] yet. They’re actually presented to me tonight."
The debate commission is reportedly still figuring out who will moderate the first event, something Trump has said he's paying careful attention to, telling Time, "I would say that certain moderators would be unacceptable, absolutely."
It's been particularly difficult for the Commission on Presidential Debates to ease concerns of bias this election cycle due to Trump's frequent claims of a system fixed against him, sources told CNN Money. The Commission is "likely to pass over any television personality who has had a dust-up with either candidate," which probably means Megyn Kelly of Fox is out because of her confrontations with Trump, according to CNN Money.
A decision on moderators apparently might not come until after Labor Day, CNN reported. From there it's anybody's guess what will happen next. Between now and the debates, it is possible that a third-party candidate could be added to the debates, but he or she would first need to earn at least 15 percent support in the polls.