LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The first 2020 presidential debate is set to start at 9 p.m tonight. For the first time, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are formally going head to head on a public platform.
Whether you're set on siding with Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or unsure of either, this debate is designed to bring insight on where they stand on America's hot button issues. People locally say they're looking forward to learning more.
"I hope it would be clear to me who I want to vote for," said Donna Hollingsworth.
People are hoping this debate will help bring a clear view of where each candidate stands on the various topics that will be discussed.
"Some people feel like the different policies aren't going to affect you, they are," said Liz Currie.
This debate will be focusing on nine hot button issues including, plans for handling the COVID-19 outbreak, the economy, health care, education, police reform, gun violence, immigration, foreign relations, and the climate crisis.
Some community members are interested to see how the candidates will interact.
"I think it's going to be entertaining, I mean they're always entertaining to me," said Hudson Dunn.
"Yeah, it's going to be a bit like reality TV I'm afraid," said Currie.
However, people are expecting to learn something.
"I just want to hear what's said tonight, not saying I'm going to vote one way or the other," said Hollingsworth.
"I think it's an important thing to see and it kind of gives them a chance to speak on their platform," said Dunn.
The debate will air on Channel 18 at 9 p.m.