Debates

Monday's Debate the Most Watched of All Time
Here is the rest of the debate schedule for this year

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not the only ones smiling - TV networks are also smiling at their ratings as well. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Early ratings returns show that Monday's presidential debate was the most watched in American history, averaging more than 80.9 million viewers. 

Network television saw a 23 percent jump in viewers compared to 2012, when the first debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney drew 67 million viewers, the returns show.

Giuliani Says Trump Should Skip Next Debate
Despite Trump saying he was satisfied with debate moderator Lester Holt

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani implied debate moderator Lester Holt did not act "like a journalist." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he wouldn't debate a second time if he were Donald Trump unless there were asignificant changes made.

"If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't participate in another debate unless I was promised that a journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact-checker," the former Republican presidential candidate told reporters after the debate.

Sanchez and Harris Disagree on Debates
California Democrats have only agreed on one debate so far

Rep. Loretta Sanchez rejected a debate in Sacramento, where opponent Kamala Harris is based, but proposed three in Los Angeles, near her district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California's two Democratic Senate candidates disagree on how many times they will debate before the general election.

Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez agreed to a debate at California State University, Los Angeles on Oct. 5. Harris' campaign also agreed to a Sept. 20 debate in Sacramento, which Sanchez's team rejected.

Presidential Debate Moderators Announced
5 networks represented in 3 presidential, 1 vice presidential debates

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has questioned some of the dates of the three presidential debates. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday announced the moderators for the four debates for the general election.

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Sept. 26.

Trump Digs in Against Khan Backlash
Doubles down on criticism of Muslim family amid weekend of bad news

Despite a weekend of negative press, Donald Trump shows no sign of backtracking on his recent comments. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his criticism of an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq, stating in an early morning tweet that Khizr Khan, the soldier's father was, "all over TV" spreading "vicious" attacks.  

The Republican nominee's remarks came as he stumbled out of the box as the candidates headed into the final 100 days of the presidential campaign with the conventions behind them. Trump's tweet Monday suggests that he will follow the same strategy he has used throughout his nontraditional campaign: Rather than acknowledge criticism, he will dig in and fire back.