ATLANTA (NEWSnet/AP) — The first presidential candidate debate of 2024 is certain to be a memorable one.

Regardless of what happens on stage, it is the earliest campaign debate in U.S. history; happening so early in the election cycle that the formal nominations have not been offered and accepted.

The nominating conventions are later this summer, primary and caucus season has just concluded.

That being said, both President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and former President Donald Trump, a Republican, have earned enough candidates in the primary process to be the top two contenders.

They also were the only two candidates to meet the criteria CNN set for participating in this matchup.

When is the Debate?


The debate will start at 9 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, and takes place at CNN’s studios in Atlanta.

What is the Debate Format?


There will not be a public audience at this debate; it is meant to be the two candidates speaking in turn with the moderators leading.

Who is Leading the Debate?


The moderators are CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

How to Watch?


CNN will present the debate live on its broadcast network, as well as on CNN International and CNN en Español. Viewers can stream it without a log in on CNN’s website.

Several other national networks, including CSPAN, will simulcast the program live and / or on their websites and streaming channels. NPR also will provide live audiocast on its radio network.

NEWSnet will provide highlights and recap on our newscasts, video on demand services and our website. 

Other Matchups?


ABC will host a presidential debate Sept. 10, with details to be announced.

Vice President Kamala Harris has accepted an invitation from CBS News for a vice presidential debate; details will be set after the Republican running mate is named.

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