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President Donald Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will take the stage for the final time Thursday night in what will likely be a contentious and fiery debate ahead of the November general election.
NBC's Kristen Welker will moderate the debate, and the evening will focus on six key topics: COVID-19, race, climate change, national security, leadership, and American families. The debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET, and Welker will allot 15 minutes of discussion for each topic.
Thursday's event comes just weeks after the first Trump-Biden debate, in which the president drew widespread backlash for repeatedly interrupting Biden. In the wake of that debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to allow a third party to mute the candidates' microphones to allow each contender two minutes of uninterrupted speaking time at the start of each topic. The commission said it was implementing the rule change to "ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues."
With fewer than two weeks left to go until Election Day on November 3, Thursday is Trump and Biden's last chance to appeal to a broad group of potential voters. Biden currently holds a hefty lead over Trump; according to FiveThirtyEight's latest forecast, the president currently has a 12% chance of winning a second term, while Biden has a 88% chance. The data website's national poll tracker also shows that Biden has nearly a 10-point lead over Trump.
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