Live Blog: Trump and Biden come to Cleveland for first 2020 presidential debate

Democracy rolls into town
Topics announced for first presidential debate on Sept 29
Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 21:56:53-04

CLEVELAND — Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face off tonight right here in Cleveland for the first presidential debate. News 5 will update this blog with information throughout the day.

Watch the debate here at 9 p.m.

Good Morning Cleveland at 4:30

Inside the hall

Watch pre and post-debate coverage on Facebook
Beginning at 8:45 p.m. tonight on the News 5 Facebook Page and on Twitter, we're hosting a live roundtable discussion with Baldwin Wallace political science professor Dr. Thomas Sutton, as well as two local political experts — one conservative and one progressive. More here.

Biden spotted in the burbs

Heavy security presence hours before the debate

Who's here for the debate?
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted spoke from Cleveland during Gov. Mike DeWine's daily press conference. We'll keep an eye out to see who else closes the social distance between themselves and the candidates today.

Marketing Cleveland in the time of COVID
With the debate tonight and the Indians taking on the Yankees in the MLB Wild Card round, all eyes will be on Cleveland. That kind of exposure for the city and Northeast Ohio is more than welcome, especially during a year short on good marketing opportunities, tourism officials said. More here.

Suburban women play key role
Local suburban female voters, a target for both presidential campaigns, are watching the debate for answers. More here.

Interesting timing
Days after the New York Times cast an unflattering light on the president's tax returns, Biden released his. We're sure it's just a coincidence. More here.

Security fencing surrounds Justice Center
A security fence -- that sweet, sweet symbol of freedom -- was placed around the perimeter of Justice Center, located at 1300 Ontario St., ahead of Tuesday's presidential debate in Cleveland. More here.

Anti-Trump billboards
Artists have done the most artist thing possible and designed and installed nine anti-Trump billboards in Cleveland ahead of Tuesday's presidential debate. The billboards address coronavirus, police brutality and other issues from the president's first term. More here.

Shenanigans are afoot
The Terminal Tower was lit up early Tuesday morning with the names "Biden-Harris" projected on the side of the iconic landmark ahead of tonight's presidential debate. It was an unauthorized display. A News 5 photographer captured the projection. Everyone reacted on social media the way you'd expect they would. More here.

Safety plans
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers will be on the ground to help keep the peace outside as the debate takes place inside. More here.

National Guard
Gov. Mike DeWine called in the Ohio National Guard to help with the presidential debate. More here.

Restricted items in Cleveland
Due to heightened security, the city has announced a list of items that will not be allowed in the “event zone," so leave your hammocks at home. Not kidding. Hammocks. More here.

Road closures
The City of Cleveland announced a series of road closures that went into effect Friday ahead of the upcoming Presidential Debate on Sept. 29. at the Samson Pavilion, on the Clinic's Health Education Campus. Not that any of us have anywhere to go anymore. More here.

Who to call if your car gets impounded
Residents who believe that their vehicle was towed by Cleveland Division of Police should contact the Cleveland Police Impound Unit at 216-623-5079. If the car was towed, residents will be required to bring documentation and payment in order for the vehicle to be released. And good luck with that.

How to catch all the action

The debate, moderated by Chris Wallace, a host on Fox News, is expected to include the following topics:

  • The Trump and Biden records
  • The Supreme Court
  • COVID-19
  • The economy
  • Race and violence in our cities
  • The integrity of the election

More here.

Postal collection box closed
As a precautionary measure, the postal collection box outside University Center Post Office, 1950 East 101st St., will be out-of-service during the presidential debate at Case Western University. More here.

University Hospitals stands ready during debate
With the presidential debate set in Cleveland just days away, preparations have been underway to make sure every "t" is crossed and every "i" is dotted, and a part of that is ensuring medical care is accessible to the president if need be. That part of the planning is in the hands of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. More here.