O The debate that will put Joe Biden and Donald Trump face to face for the first time in four years will last 90 minutes, starting at 2:00 am (Lisbon time).

The first presidential debate of 2024 will last 90 minutes, with two commercial breaks, and will take place in a CNN studio in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be moderated by journalists Jake Tapper and Dana Bash – known for publicly attacking Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories.

However, and to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes recorded in previous debates, unusual rules were imposed that could end up shaping the performance of the presidential candidates, in a debate that will certainly feature personal attacks.

Unlike other debates, Biden and Trump will debate without an audience – a rule that should prevent a rowdy crowd of supporters from taking over the event – and there will be no opening statements, moving straight to questions from the moderators.

Os moderators will also be able to mute candidates’ microphones to avoid cross-talk and interruptions between debate rounds, a situation that affected Biden and Trump’s first presidential debate clash in 2020.

Os candidates will also not be able to speak while the other speaksleaving the microphone turned off.

Furthermore, No props or pre-written notes will be allowed on stage. Candidates will only be provided with a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Biden e Trump You will have two commercial breaks to catch up, but you will not be able to talk to your campaign team during that period.

Biden’s campaign won the lottery to decide the order of the candidates’ closing statements or their position on the podium. The US head of state selected the right podium, placing Trump on the left of viewers’ screens. Donald Trump will have the last word of the night, with Biden making his final statement first.

How did the candidates prepare and what topics will they cover?

Given the importance of the debate, especially at a time when polls show a tight race between the two candidates and with less than five months to go until the presidential elections, Trump and Biden have adopted different strategies to prepare for the duel.

While Biden settled into his Camp David retreat, surrounding himself with top advisers as he practiced and addressed themes he hopes to emphasize during the debate, Trump spent the weekend at rallies and campaign events, where he grilled the audience on whether he should be “tough and nasty” or “nice and calm” with Biden in the debate.

This week, Donald Trump also held meetings with advisers and allies to review key points in the confrontation with Joe Biden, on issues such as foreign policy and inflation.

The Republican will certainly make immigration his main issue and will again refer to recent cases of murder and rape in which immigrants have been accused. Trump has been extremely critical of Biden’s immigration policy and is expected to repeat his proposals, such as the “mass deportation” of migrants.

In this historic debate should include the 34 criminal charges for which the former president was convicted last month in New Yorkin addition to the three other criminal cases he faces in other states.

The issue of the candidates’ age – especially Biden’s 81 years – will also be highlighted, with the current head of state being heavily criticized and frequently mocked by his 78-year-old opponent.

Biden, who is the oldest sitting president in American history, will face the challenge of demonstrating during the debate his physical and mental ability to defeat Trump and lead the country for another four years.

Democrats are hopeful that Biden can bring the same energy to the event that he showed in his State of the Union address at the beginning of the year. However, analysts note that a live television confrontation against an opponent who loves verbal combat is very different from a written speech before Congress.

Abortion, the economy and international politics will also be key topics, which North Americans will pay particular attention to during the debate.

It will be seen by many millions live, but can it make a difference?

The first 2024 presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump could move the needle for a small percentage of undecided voters, considers political scientist Brian Adams, from California State University in San Diego, in an interview with Lusa.

“The majority of people have a strong party affiliation and will not change their voting direction, but the 5% to 10% who do not are those who will decide the election”, said the professor. “The polls are very close and all that is needed in critical states is to convince 1% or 2% of voters.”

The FiveThirtyEight platform, which uses polls and economic and demographic data to calculate candidates’ chances of victory, now has Joe Biden ahead, but barely: 51% for the Democrat against 49% for Trump. The polls fluctuate in favor of one or another but the margin of error means that none are favorites to win.

“There are a large number of people who have not yet decided because they do not like either candidate,” the professor stressed, referring to the segment of voters known as ‘double haters’. “Many do not have a strong attachment to one candidate or another and so their vote can be won over.”

The political scientist stressed that, historically, there was always a small part of the electorate that used debates as a reason for voting. However, this debate will take place much earlier than usual, even before the party conventions where the candidates will be formally nominated.

The first debate of the 2024 presidential elections between Joe Biden and Donald Trump could move the needle for a small percentage of undecided voters, political scientist Brian Adams, from California State University in San Diego, told Lusa.

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