US election 2020: Preparations get finalised for final presidential debate

The final presidential debate is a few hours away, and this time Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have mute buttons, glass barriers and more

Opponents meet

In a few hours the Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump will take part in last presidential debate

The two leaders had earlier met for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020.

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The stage

The stage has now been set up at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center hall in Nashville, Tennessee where the two candidates are set to appear for the final presidential Debate of the season. (Amr Alfiky © 2020 The New York Times)

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Debate room

Preparations are made for the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2020. The debate comes 12 days before Election Day, as many Americans have already cast ballots, and as polls show President Donald Trump trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bide nationally and confronting close races even in states he won handily four years ago. (Erin Schaff © 2020 The New York Times)

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Mute button

A soundboard features mute buttons at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center hall in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, where a presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

"The idea is that Donald Trump and Joe Biden will each get to speak for two minutes on a topic before the other guy can interrupt. The Trump people claim they hate, hate, hate this idea. But when you think of it, nobody could benefit more from being muted than Donald Trump," writes New York Times columnist Gail Collins. (Erin Schaff © 2020 The New York Times)

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Safety first

Workers measure distances for chair placement at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center hall in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, where a presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to take place on Thursday. At the final presidential debate of 2020, audience members will be separated by a few feet. (Amr Alfiky © 2020 The New York Times)

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Dividers for safety

Clear dividers are setup on stage at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, where a presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to take place on Thursday. (Erin Schaff © 2020 The New York Times)

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Sound check!

A view of the soundboard at the Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. The soundboard, this time, also provides the option of muting the participants' microphones — a suggestion that was most popular after the last presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. (Erin Schaff © 2020 The New York Times)

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