Debate double-header: presidential, gubernatorial candidates

A debate doubleheader Monday night will feature those running for president and Washington governor in televised match-ups.

The presidential debate

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will square off at 6 p.m. in the season’s first presidential debate. It will take place at Hofstra University in New York and be moderated by Lester Holt, anchor of NBC “Nightly News.”

The debate will be broadcast live on all major networks, cable news channels as well as C-Span and KCTS, a PBS affiliate.

It is scheduled to last 90 minutes and will be broken up into six segments lasting 15 minutes, under the format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

As designed, Holt will pose a question at the start of each segment. Clinton and Trump will each get two minutes to respond and after their initial answers can respond to each other. Holt has announced questions will be related to three topics: America’s direction, achieving prosperity and securing America.

Clinton and Trump are set to square off again Oct. 9 in St. Louis and Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.

The gubernatorial debate

At 8 p.m., Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant will meet for the second time in the campaign but in their first debate to be widely televised. It will be broadcast live on three network stations, KOMO 4, KING 5 and KIRO 7. It will be streamed live online by KCPQ 13.

It will take place at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium and be moderated by Monique Ming Laven, of KIRO, Molly Shen, of KOMO and Natalie Brand, of KING.

The hour-long debate will use a town hall format with questions posed by moderators and members of the audience, according to organizers with the Washington State Debate Coalition.

Inslee and Bryant plan a second statewide televised debate Oct. 19 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The coalition also is planning televised debates between Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Chris Vance on Oct. 16 at Gonzaga University and Oct. 23 at the Microsoft Corp. campus in Redmond.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623;; Twitter:@dospueblos.

Venues for the like-minded

Want to watch the debates with other Democrats or Republicans? Here’s where to go:


Harvey Field in Snohomish

Hangar behind the Buzz Inn Steakhouse

9900 Airport Way

$10 donation accepted at the door


Tacos Guaymas

3805 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

No charge

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