3 Ways to Catch the First Presidential Debate Without Cable

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Election Day is just around the corner, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, will mark the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

There are plenty of ways to tune in. Some of them require a cable TV or streaming service, but several others do not. There are enough options that a vast majority of Americans should be able to access coverage.

If you don’t subscribe to a TV package, your options include the following.

Free broadcast TV

The major over-the-air networks — such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — will broadcast the debate for free. All you need is a TV that can receive over-the-air broadcasts, such as via a digital antenna.

The internet

If you have an internet connection, there will be many ways to access the debate.

C-SPAN will stream the debate on its debate website and its YouTube channel.

Major networks also will offer coverage via the internet. For example, TV Guide reports that ABC News will offer the debate on its website and its YouTube channel.

Your phone

Even your phone will offer debate coverage.

For example, download the free C-SPAN Radio app, and you can listen to live coverage of the debate.

The ABC News and ABC mobile apps also will feature the debate, according to TV Guide.

Tuesday’s 90-minute debate begins at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast from the Health Education Campus in Cleveland, a joint project between Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

Chris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” will moderate the first debate. The topics he has chosen for discussion are:

  • The Trump and Biden records
  • The Supreme Court
  • COVID-19
  • The economy
  • Race and violence in our cities
  • The integrity of the election

As we close in on Nov. 3, stay tuned to Money Talks News for more election coverage. Start educating yourself about the issues by reading “5 Ways Joe Biden Wants Social Security to Change.”

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