What you need to know about the WashU presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in St. Louis this weekend as they attempt to make their cases to the American people about why they are each better suited to be the president of the United States.

It's the second of three presidential debates leading up to the November 8th presidential election.

The when and where

The debate will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 in Washington University's Athletic Complex.

Moderators

CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz will be moderating the town hall-style debate. The moderator selections were announced last month by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Sunday's debate will be the first Cooper has hosted in his career. Raddatz hosted the 2012 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Town hall style format

The second debate will differ from the first in format. Sunday's debate will be town hall style, meaning half of the questions will come from the moderators, and the other half will come directly from the American people.

ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular questions posed online when they were planning the debate. Some of the most highly voted topics include background checks for gun sales, Social Security, term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, Citizens United, healthcare and climate change. Not all 30 questions will be asked, but they will be considered.

How can I attend?

The answer to that question is most likely you can't.

Tickets to attend the debate are managed by the Commission on Presidential Debates. They're divided between the two campaigns and any remaining tickets will be given to Washington University.

Any tickets WashU receives will be given to students through a lottery system. There is no guaranteed the university will receive any tickets at all.

There are no debate tickets available to the public.

Traffic impact

Some roads near WashU will be closed this weekend and are expected to interrupt traffic flow in the area.

According to the university--

  • Big Bend Boulevard between Wydown Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic beginning on Saturday, Oct. 8 at approximately 2 p.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.
  • Security fencing will be installed on the west side of Big Bend Boulevard from Forsyth Boulevard to Westmoreland Drive, blocking vehicle egress from streets, alleys and driveways.
  • Forsyth Boulevard between Big Bend and Skinker Boulevard will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Oct. 9 at approximately 9 a.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.

How to watch

Although NBC will be showing NFL football during Sunday night's debate, there are still several ways you'll be able to watch with KSDK NewsChannel 5.

We will be live streaming the entire debate on our website KSDK.com and through our KSDK app (Google, Apple).

Our 5 on Your Side Fact Checkers will be busy researching and fact checking live throughout the debate. You can follow them on Twitter and KSDK.com.

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes? We'll be updating live behind the scenes footage you won't get anywhere else on our social media platforms, so make sure you're following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.


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