POLL: What do you want to see discussed at presidential debates?

Some are irked that climate change is not on the docket for Tuesday's match-up.

President Donald Trump will face Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, at the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29.
President Donald Trump will face Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, at the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29. –Left: Erin Scott/The New York Times; Right: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts knows what he wants to see discussed by President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden at the upcoming presidential candidate debates: climate change. And he’s not resting on his laurels when it comes to the subject either.

“The climate crisis isn’t coming, it’s here,” stated a Sept. 23 letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, spearheaded by Markey and signed by 36 sitting senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. The letter notes how climate change exacerbates other current crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, mass unemployment, and economic inequality, and asks the commission to “publicly call on the moderators to include climate in the topics that will be addressed during the debates.” (Seventy House Democrats made a similar plea earlier this month.)

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It’s one among myriad topics of importance that may or may not get addressed when the candidates go head to head on Sept. 29, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. (And surely Markey and his Senate co-signers would like to see climate change make an appearance at the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate as well.)

Chris Wallace of Fox, moderator for the first presidential debate on Tuesday, has listed as his topics the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the current economy, race and violence in cities across the country, the Trump and Biden records, and the integrity of the election. No word yet from subsequent moderators Steve Scully of C-SPAN Networks and Kristen Welker of NBC News, or Susan Page of USA Today for the vice presidential debate, as to what issues they’ll toss out.

But what do you think? Take our poll below to let us know the topics you think the candidates need to address.

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