Trump And Biden Presidential Debate Odds & Prop Bets

Trump And Biden Presidential Debate Odds & Prop Bets

Presidential Debate Betting For The 2020 Election

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With the growing momentum of political wagering, it is only natural that betting odds and lines have become popular for each big event during the election cycle, including Presidential debates. There will be odds and prop bets available for the Democratic Presidential debates, the Republican Presidential debates (if any take place), and the official 2020 Presidential debates.

We intend to cover any and all odds and betting lines that emerge for these debates. And let’s be honest, to get through the heaviness of any political season, prop bets (and SNL skits!) are a lifesaver.

Keep in mind that the Vegas odds on Presidential debates will come and go as the schedule progresses, so there may not be odds or lines published here each time that you visit.  When no odds or betting lines are available just yet on a Trump vs. Biden debate, you will see a TBA placeholder.  This means you should check back closer to the next debate when the oddsmakers are more likely to give us some fresh information.

Presidential Debate Betting Odds


Will Joe Biden Boycott Any Of The 3 Scheduled 2020 US Presidential Debates

No -360
Yes +250

How Many Presidential Debates Will Be Held For The 2020 Election?

Over 2.5 -300
Under 2.5 +220

Will Any Of The 2020 Presidential Debates Be Held By Teleconference?

Yes +185
No -250




Will Joe Biden Participate In All 3 Debates?

Yes +155
No -220

Will Joe Biden Participate In The First Debate?

Yes -250
No +170

Will Joe Biden Participate In The Second Debate?

Yes -160
No +120

Will Joe Biden Participate In The Third Debate?

Yes -250
No +170

Presidential Debate Prop Bets

Most of the betting lines for Presidential debates will come in the form of political prop bets.  Also called proposition bets, these types of odds and betting lines will cover everything from what candidates will wear to specific phrases they will say.  You’ll see lines for how long they will get to talk, what they will talk about, and certain behaviors they may exhibit.

While prop bets are more closely associated with sports events such as the Super Bowl, they have become more mainstream in the political betting arena as well.

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Trump Biden Debate Schedule

Now that the party debates are over, voters and candidates can focus on the Presidential debates. Before this November’s election, President Trump and Joe Biden will face on in at least three debates, although the final details have not been decided becuase of COVID-19 concerns.

Because he is behind in the polls and the betting odds, Trump is pushing for more than three debates but Biden isn’t giving any ground on than front. Trump also wants the debates to be held in-person, while Biden’s campaign is insisting that they are held in a remote, virtual format. There are also rumors that Biden may try to back out of the debates altogether.

For now, the standard three debate schedule is on the docket, and although many factors are still undecided, the schedule for Trump vs. Biden debate dates are as follows:

2020 Presidential Debates Schedule

  • September 29, 2020 – Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
  • October 15, 2020 – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami, Florida
  • October 22, 2020 – Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee

Next Presidential Debate Details 2020

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When Is The Next Presidential Debate For 2020?

The next Presidential debate is tentatively scheduled for September 29 and will feature Joe Biden in a verbal faceoff against President Donald Trump. Because of COVID-19, there may not be many in attendance to witness the proceedings. There is also the potential for the debate to be canceled, or to be held remotely via videocast. There has been a push for Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen to be included in the debates, but she has not been included as of yet.

Where Will The Next Debate Be Held?

The next Presidential debate is scheduled for September 29 at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Presidential debate betting odds should appear at top-rated sportsbooks just prior to each event.

How Do Candidates Qualify For The Next Debate?

Candidates that receive the nomination of their respective parties will earn an automatic invite to the debate stage. Primary debate invites are controlled by each party and are based on popularity thresholds. At this point, regardless of when the debate happens, only two candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are likely to qualify. There is a chance that an independent candidate like Kanye West or Jo Jorgensen can sneak onto the stage and make an impact, but they are not scheduled to appear at the moment.

Which Presidential Candidates Have Qualified For The Next Debate?

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are the only candidates that are scheduled to appear at the three upcoming Presidential debates.

Who Will Be The Moderators For The Next Presidential Debates?

  • The first Presidential debate in Cleveland will be moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace on September 29th.
  • C-SPAN’s Steve Scully will moderate the second debate in Miami on October 15th.
  • NBC News’ Kristen Welker is scheduled to serve as moderator for the third and final debate in Nashville, TN on October 22nd.

Where Can I Watch The Next Presidential Debate?

The debates are scheduled to occur on September 29, October 15, and October 22. Exact times have yet to be announced, but they usually begin around 8 PM and air on most major broadcast and cable news networks.

Is There A Vice President Debate?

Yes, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will debate on October 7th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event will be moderated by USA Today journalist Susan Page.

Will Biden Debate Trump?

There have been several reports suggesting that Biden has nothing to gain by debating Trump. It is possible that Biden could roll the dice and withdraw from the debates and rely on his current standing and campaign advertising until November.

With the schedule and conditions for the debates still seemingly undecided, it would be easy for Biden to site COVID-19 concerns and pull out of the event. Many opponents have cited Biden’s lack of mental awareness and odd behavior as of late. If indeed Biden is suffering from some sort of cognitive condition, then pulling out of the debates is definitely something his team would consider.

There is no requirement that either candidate must participate in the debates, so there is a chance that Biden won’t debate Trump and that the proceedings will be canceled. Whether the debates will occur or not, and whether Biden or Trump will withdraw from the debates, are prime examples of political prop bets that can be inspired by these Presidential verbal engagements.

Will There Be Presidential Debates In 2020?

Yes, although the details have not been ironed out, there are still three Presidential debates on the schedule for 2020, with Joe Biden and Donald Trump expected to appear. As mentioned in the previous section, there are a number of reasons that Biden could pull out of the debates. Trump is eager to hold the debates to make up for lagging odds and poll ratings, and wants them to be in-person. Biden is in favor of debating via a video feed for the sake of Coronavirus. The first Presidential debate Trump and Biden have on the docket still has a lot of wrinkles to iron out before both parties agree.

Is A Sitting President Required To Debate?

No. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires a sitting President, or anyone else, to participate in a Presidential debate. Refraining from entering into a debate is generally seen as bad form in a political arena. A politician should always be eager to share their campaign message and exhibit confidence in their abilities and agendas. To pull out of a debate would be a sign of weakness to voters and could cost a candidate the election.

How Does Someone Win A Presidential Debate?

There is no clear-cut result to debates. Instead, the person who wins a Presidential debate is all about public perception. Sometimes Democratic Presidential debate winners can be “chosen” by the candidates themselves, news commentators, the media, and news outlets which discuss the results of the debate. What individuals or outlets choose to discuss and frame can shape public opinion, and the opinion of voters, which ultimately decides who was the debate winner.

In today’s modern age, many people rely on polls to tell them the winner(s) of events like the Democratic Presidential debates. This is because polls keep track and report what a sample of people believe and think. Usually, whenever a debate concludes, polling companies contact registered voters and ask them what they thought of the debates, which is generally influenced by what others have told them. Through this, polls can be released within hours as voters express their thoughts through snap polls online which provide immediate reporting results. Another way to gauge a Presidential debate winner, of course, is to check out how their betting odds move after the debate in question concludes.

About Presidential Debates

Formally known as the leaders’ debate, a Presidential debate is typically a public debate held during general elections. In a Presidential debate, party candidates express their running policies along with political opinions while opposing candidates attempt to poke holes in or criticize these policies. Presidential debates are usually broadcast live via TV, radio, and online streaming services.

Presidential debates are not required by the US Constitution but are considered popular with voters. These debates often give voters a better understanding of the candidates, their positions, trustworthiness, and competence, and they can help undecided voters align themselves with a specific candidate rather than to a specific party or position.

How Are Presidential Debates Formatted?

Debates can vary in format, but typically opening statements are made by each candidate with a panel of moderators or journalists asking a set of questions. Candidates will typically have a chance to answer these questions either one after another or, if the question is aimed at one specific candidate, then he or she will answer the inquiry. Following each candidate’s answer, the other candidates may have a chance to respond briefly to each candidate’s statement.

Following this, the debate may lead to a free-for-all which the moderators will attempt to control through an allotted time slot and follow-up questions. The conclusion of the debate will be signaled by a final question along with each candidate’s closing remarks.

Debate variations also exist. Some debates allow audience members to ask questions, sometimes a coin toss determines candidate speaking order, and sometimes candidates will stand at podiums while other times they’ll be seated at tables. You can even expect a few jokes and lighthearted non-sequiturs to be presented from time to time.

Modern debates have used a kind of “traffic light” to signal when a candidate’s speaking time is nearing the end. Buzzers or flags have also been used in the past to regulate the time frame of a candidate’s answer.

How Do Candidates Qualify for A Debate?

Typically to qualify for a Presidential debate, candidates must receive their party’s nomination pick. However, 2020’s election has seen a large pool of Democratic candidates running, and thus several Democratic debates will be held to pinpoint top-tier candidates for the party’s nomination.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has announced the 2020 debate criteria for candidates to qualify for the remaining debates.  The required criteria include receiving a certain number of individual donor contributions and meeting certain state and national polling thresholds. As of February, the DNC has dropped the donor requirement, presumably to make way for Mini Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire who is self-funding his campaign.

Recap From The Last Democratic Debate

The 11th Democratic debate was supposed to be held in Phoenix, AZ, at the Arizona Federal Theatre. However, due to the coronavirus, the venue was changed to CNN’s Washington DC studio, and there was no live audience. Additionally, Jorge Ramos, one of the scheduled moderators, was in self-quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus patient.

Nevertheless, the debate went ahead as otherwise scheduled, and even though Bernie Sanders agreed to Joe Biden’s request that the candidates be seated on stage, both men stood for the duration of the event. The debate was hosted by CNN, Univision, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Talking time broke down almost identically for both candidates, who did plenty of speaking on the coronavirus and other stump issues. Those issues were discussed as follows:

  • Coronavirus – 17:45
  • Climate change – 11:51
  • Economy – 11:01
  • Immigration – 8:28
  • Healthcare – 8:08
  • Foreign policy – 7:59
  • President Trump – 4:08
  • Women’s rights – 3:47
  • China – 2:18
  • Elections – 1:55
  • College costs – 1:53
  • Income inequality – 1:23
  • Social Security – 0:58
  • Gun control – 0:56
  • Black voters – 0:31
  • Latino voters – 0:29
  • LGBTQ rights – 0:13
  • Trade – 0:00
  • National security – 0:00
  • Politics – 0:00
  • Socialism – 0:00

Most of the debate was finger-pointing at Trump over his alleged “mishandling” of the US coronavirus response, with fact-checkers dinging Biden for lying that Trump refused COVID-19 tests from the World Health Organization.

However, neither candidate offered any idea of how they would have approached the US response to the disease any differently than the current administration. Still, coronavirus is Trump’s current Achilles heel, and Biden and Sanders were not shy about piling on.

Republican Presidential Debates

Republican IconThere are currently two Republican candidates running for the nomination in 2020: incumbent President Donald Trump and former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld. Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh ran campaigns earlier in the cycle, but both have dropped out as of February 2020.

Some have speculated that this serves as a warning to Republican contenders and would-be challengers to prevent the President’s polls from sinking. Co-Chair of the RNC’s subcommittee governing the Primary Process, John Hammond, says that “times are different from a lot of perspectives [from when the committee adopted its debate rules. Which will be less relevant] as we continue to support the President and the vice president and the current administration.”

Several Republicans have expressed their desire to take Trump on in a debate, such as Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Ohio Governor John Kasich. However, it is not unusual for the incumbent’s party to avoid primary debates in preparation for the re-election campaign.

Debate Trivia – Did You Know?

The First Televised Presidential Debate Ever Was Between Nixon and JFK
The first televised US Presidential debate occurred in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon and was viewed by over 66 million people, easily becoming one of the most-watched broadcasts in US television history. The popularity of this event spurred a new tradition to hold Presidential debates ever since.
The First Ever US Presidential Debate Started With Lincoln
The ultimate predecessor to the 1960 televised debate was in 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. It originally began with Lincoln, who would follow Douglas around on the campaign trail heckling him from the crowd during Douglas’ campaign speeches. Eventually, this brewed into an official debate that lasted three hours and covered the moral and economic quandaries posed by slavery and federalism/anti-federalism. Seven total debates occurred between Lincoln and Douglas, who were both running for the US Senate, though no moderator was widely publicized. Douglas was reelected to the Illinois Senate and the two-faced each other as opponents for the Presidency in 1860, but Lincoln did not debate during his Presidential run. Later, the debate concept was introduced to radio in 1948, in a showdown between Thomas E. Dewey and Harold Stassen, and a famous 1956 debate between Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver also made the history books.