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Vice presidential debate 2020: Time, TV, streaming info for Pence and Harris Wednesday night

Rachel Wegner
Nashville Tennessean

Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will face each other for a vice presidential debate Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

The debate comes on the heels of a tumultuous presidential debate last week between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, along with a COVID-19 diagnosis for Trump and several of his staff. 

Susan Page, USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief, will moderate the only face-off between the 2020 vice presidential candidates.

Two more presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami and Oct. 22 in Nashville.

Here's how to watch the VP debate on Wednesday: 

Vice President Mike Pence will face Sen. Kamala Harris at the vice presidential debate on Wednesday.

How to watch

USA TODAY will carry a livestream of the debate with live fact-checking by a team of experts. Most major networks and cable new channels will also carry the debate,  including Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and C-SPAN. The debate will run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET.

Viewers also can watch live on YouTube from various outlets, listen or watch via NPR, or watch live with Hulu, Fubo, Sling and other streaming services. 

LIVESTREAM:Watch the vice presidential debate with live fact-checking by USA TODAY's team of experts

How the debate will work

Susan Page, USA TODAY's Washington Bureau chief, will moderate Wednesday night's debate. 

The debate topics, which Page will choose, have not been released yet. The night will break down into nine segments that are approximately 10 minutes long. Both Pence and Harris will have two minutes for each answer. 

Remaining time in each segment will be used to further discussion on the topic at hand.

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What about COVID-19 precautions? 

The debate comes just a few days after Trump tested positive for COVID-19, a topic at the forefront of the minds of many voters.

The coronavirus will play a prominent role during the debate, as the issue of using plexiglass to divide the candidates has become a point of contention between the campaigns.

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Pence pushed back at plans for plexiglass on stage to protect the candidates, with Marc Short, chief of staff for the vice president, saying the addition of plexiglass isn't necessary given other new safety accommodations including keeping the two candidates 12 feet away as well as daily testing.

Harris said she will abide by the preparations in what's become the latest political fight over COVID-19 restrictions. 

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Debate organizers are also requiring that anyone in the hall other than the candidates and the moderator wear a face mask, or they will be escorted out. Several members of the Trump family did not wear masks inside the debate hall during the first debate.

USA Today contributed to this report.

Find reporter Rachel Wegner at rawegner@tennessean.com or on Twitter @rachelannwegner.