There are three presidential debates scheduled before the Nov. 3 election. The first will be Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The second will be Oct. 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. And the third will be Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Although the Kennedy-Nixon debates made history in 1960, general election debates were not a regular feature of presidential races until 1976. They’ve been held every election year since then. From Ford-Carter through Trump-Clinton, they have played a sometimes critical role in elections, giving millions of voters a chance to evaluate the candidates standing on the same stage.