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Trump takes on Hillary in the final presidential debate: All you need to know

us presidential election Updated: Oct 20, 2016 01:27 IST
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Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.(AFP File Photo)

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in India) will be the last chance that either candidate will get to make a closing argument before tens of millions of voters. Here’s all you need to know about the debate format, the moderator and where to watch it:

The Debate format

This third and final presidential debate of the 2016 race for the White House takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and will start at the same time as the two before.

The format is the same as the first. The two nominees will stand behind their respective podiums — no meandering as in the second debate — and take questions from the moderator.

There will be no audience questions, as in the second debate once again that followed the town-hall format. The debate will be divided into six sections of 15 minutes each.

The moderator

Chris Wallace, host of a Sunday show on Fox news, is the moderator. This is his, and his right-leaning network’s, first Presidential debate, though he did three during the primaries.

Moderators are picked by the commission on presidential debates with the concurrence of the nominees, and Democrats would have had trouble with Fox journalists, generally.

But Wallace, Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly are generally considered the less partisan of Fox journalists, such as Sean Hannity, who is an outspoken supporter of Trump.

The channel itself has been seen as an extension of the Trump campaign, specially on the watch of Roger Ailes, the disgraced CEO who left over sexual harassment charges.

And Wallace has been a registered Democrat for over two decades, which would should make equally unacceptable and acceptable to both campaigns.

NBC’s Lester Holt had hosted the first debate. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Copper did the second, the town-hall.

Where to watch

A live stream of the debate will be available both on Twitter and Youtube. The livestream will start at 6:30 am on Thursday morning. If you want to make a game of it then try out HT’s Presidential Debate Tambolla.