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What To Watch For During The First Presidential Debate

The politics crew chat about what they’ll be watching for in the first debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The gang also looks at new polling conducted by FiveThirtyEight and Ipsos in advance of the big night. Plus, the team addresses the age-old question: Do debates actually matter?

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.

Sarah Frostenson is FiveThirtyEight’s former politics editor.

Laura Bronner is a senior applied scientist at ETH Zürich and FiveThirtyEight’s former quantitative editor.