Alabamians will have six free "Watch Party" locations to observe the presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump. The debate is this Thursday at 8 p.m. on CNN. Watch parties start before that time so the attendees can get a seat and popcorn before the show begins.

The events are in Mobile, Birmingham, Montgomery, Sylacauga, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville.


Hosted by the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee at 7:30 p.m.

RSVP for the event is requested.

The event will be at West Mobile’s Aztecas Restaurant, 6800 Airport Blvd. It includes complimentary soft drinks, water, chips and salsa. Those wishing to order Dutch treat off the menu may do so.


Hosted by the Alabama Minority GOP, the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, Shelby County Young Republicans and the Jefferson County GOP. Ghost Train Brewing Co, 3501 1st Avenue South, Birmingham. 7:30.


Hosted by Capital City Young Republican, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, 7801 Eastdale Parkway, Montgomery.


Hosted by DEGA GOP. Harvey’s On Noble. 280 N. Anniston Avenue, Sylacauga. 7:30 p.m.


Hosted by Rocket City Young Republicans. The Brewers Cooperative, 1314 Governors Drive, Huntsville. 7 p.m.


Hosted by Tuscaloosa Young Republicans. Baumhowers Victory Grille. 4251 Country Drive. 7:30.

Some political commentators doubted the debate would actually take place given Biden's unusual demands, including having the candidates sit down, having no audience, moderators controlling microphones, and CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash moderate it.

One other debate is now scheduled for September 10 on ABC.  

Only Trump and Biden will debate on June 27. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will not be allowed to debate.

June 27 is an unusually early date for a presidential debate. Neither candidate has received the nomination of his party.  The two parties have not yet held their national conventions.  Biden and Trump are both the “presumptive nominees” of their party.

No date has been set for a vice presidential debate. CBS has invited both parties to hold one on July 23 or August 13. The Democrats, who appear to be sticking with Vice President Kamala Harris, have accepted the invitation. The Republicans have not responded yet, and their vice presidential candidate is not yet known.

The Republican National Convention is held on July 15-18 in Milwaukee, and the Democratic National Convention on August 19-22 in Chicago.

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