Hosting DebateWatch2020

Pre-Debate Information

  • You can host a DebateWatch for one debate, two, three or all four.
  • The four debate dates are: Sept. 29, Oct. 7 (VP), Oct. 15 (Town Hall), Oct. 22.
  • Once you have decided your date(s), identify and secure space. Options include theater-style classrooms, a synagogue or church, a library, living room, performing arts center or a common area outdoors.
  • Make sure the screen where the debate will air can be viewed clearly by everyone present.

Night of the Debate

  • Each debate begins at 9:00 PM EST.
  • Consider encouraging participants to arrive prior to the start of the debate to set the stage for the post-debate discussion, to view the pre-debate program televised on C-SPAN or to take advantage of refreshments being served.

After the Debate:

  • Turn the TV off when the debate ends – before the post-debate commentary.

DebateWatch2020 Discussion Questions

General Questions

  • What did you learn about the candidates or issues that you did not know prior to the debate?
  • What topics or issues discussed in the debate were most useful or informative?
  • Were there issues you were hoping would be discussed that were not?
  • What issues would you like to see discussed in subsequent debates?

Keep in Mind / Guiding Principles

  • Be open to other points of view.
  • Show respect. Listen respectfully as others comment.
  • Look for areas of commonality: agree where you can.
  • Be focused: keep your comments focused on the debate itself.

Thank you for considering joining DebateWatch. DebateWatch partners will be recognized on the CPD’s website and listed in DebateWatch materials distributed nationally and internationally.