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Next Trump and Biden debate rules to change

The group that sponsors the presidential debates said Wednesday that it will make format changes to the next Trump and Biden debate. The changes will aim “to maintain order” in light of their fractious first showdown.

A source close to the Commission on Presidential Debates said that they have not made final decisions on the changes. The source also said that the group is considering muting a candidate’s microphone if they violate the rules.

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The initial debate between Trump and Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday night quickly descended into disorder. There were frequent interruptions and name-calling.  Several times, Chris Wallace urged Trump to follow the rules and allow Biden to speak uninterrupted.  In a New York Times interview Wednesday, the Fox News journalist Wallace said, “I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” he said.
“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the Commission on Presidential Debates said. The commission added that it “will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.” The commission said it was “grateful to” Wallace “for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate.” They intend to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.

Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, said of the commission, “They’re only doing this because their guy got pummeled last night.” “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs. They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game,” Murtaugh said.

“Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate!”

In reference to the planned changes, Trump tweeted, “Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate!”

Biden told reporters in Ohio that he supported the idea of making changes to the debate format. “I just hope there’s a way in which the debate commission can control the ability of us to answer the question without interruption,” Biden said. “I’m not going to speculate on what happens in the second or third debate.” he said. Referring to Trump, he added, “He not only attacked me constantly and my family, but he attacked the moderator.”

Wallace told The Times that, “As a practical matter, even if the president’s microphone had been shut [on Tuesday] he still could have continued to interrupt, and it might well have been picked up on Biden’s microphone, and it still would have disrupted the proceedings in the hall,” he said.

The next debates

The next debate between the Republican incumbent Trump and Biden is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami. Steve Scully, the political editor at C-SPAN, is the moderator for the second debate. It will be in a town hall format. The third presidential debate is Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville. NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will moderate that debate.

The first and only vice presidential debate between incumbent Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is Oct. 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. USA Today’s Washington bureau chief, Susan Page, is the moderator for that event.

Aaron Kall, director of the University of Michigan’s debate program, said, “Given the public outrage over last night’s debate, it’s not surprising the Commission on Presidential Debates would try and do something to quell the disappointment expressed by so many.” But Kall added, “I do think that changing the previously agreed to debate rules in the middle of this debate cycle increases the odds of not having future debates between President Trump and Biden.”

“In addition to already expressing dissatisfaction with moderator Chris Wallace’s performance last night, it’s easy to envision the Trump campaign arguing the rules of the debates are being changed midcourse in order to protect and advantage Biden,” he said. Kall noted that Trump skipped the Iowa Republican primary debate in 2016. “With only a few weeks remaining until the next scheduled presidential debate, that doesn’t leave much time for both sides to reach an agreement on the new rules, which no doubt would be open to multiple interpretations and exceptions,” Kall said.

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15 comments

  1. Have Biden answer the question not beat around about something else stay on topic if he doesn’t like the question to bad

  2. Frances Weingarten

    I definitely expect that all the changes in the rules will be given to both candidates to peruse. Should there be disagreement as to the changes in the rules, both candidates should have the opportunity to discuss these separately with the moderator. The changes must be shown to both candidates and both must agree to them. Should there be disagreement, there should be discussion which must lead to both sides being comforable with the changes.

  3. My opinion it would be very weak for the commission to mute mic’s . I suggest as the President Requested that they be checked for wires . Hearing enhancement devices etc. After seeing a close-up video of one of the candidates playing under his jacket , then a visible wire appears , . Further more the candidate ;s wrist also show a devise hanging from under his shirt sleeve at his wrist !!! Must say let’s be fair all the way around . Mr. Biden started the name calling & interruptions !!! The monitor of the debate said nothing until the President finally did the same without the name calling !!! I can see why Mr. Biden was continually demanding that the President shut-up , if he can’t hearing his handler’s thru his hearing device then he can’t answer questions !!! Let’s be fair all around was not the president who started the mess in the first place !!!

    • I agree! Biden was wired and he called the president names (clown,etc.) Plus Biden said “shut up” to president Trump. Biden constantly interrupted the president and Chris Wallace never stopped him. But when the President interrupted Biden, Wallace would tell him it wasn’t his turn to talk. It was obvious that Chris Wallace favored Biden. Next time get a Republican or unbiased moderator that knows the rules such as no wires!

  4. It would be “must see TV” if both candidates were dosed with scapalomine 1 hour before the debate.

  5. LMAO…they will do whatever they can, to help the cellar dweller loser Biden. The moderator for the next one, worked with Biden years ago. Do any of you DummyRATS know that?

  6. Sadly, Biden is allowed to use rude,bully-like tactics,like telling the President to”Shut Up”, like calling the President dumb,a clown,a liar!! There was NO MENTION by Wallace the moderator,to tell Biden to STOP !!!!!!!! There is decorum,respect that is due our President…………Shame on Chris…..

  7. I agree! Biden was wired and he called the president names (clown,etc.) Plus Biden said “shut up” to president Trump. Biden constantly interrupted the president and Chris Wallace never stopped him. But when the President interrupted Biden, Wallace would tell him it wasn’t his turn to talk. It was obvious that Chris Wallace favored Biden. Next time get a Republican or unbiased moderator that knows the rules such as no wires!

  8. If the new moderator was an intern working for Biden, how can this be an UNBIASED referee? Come on now get real!

  9. ENOUGH talk about how bad the candidates were.
    HOW do the candidates deal with a BIASED MODERATOR?
    -Do the candidates get a MUTE button for the MODERATOR?
    -What happens when the MODERATOR repeatedly cuts off 1 candidate?
    -What happens when the MODERATOR repeatedly takes 1 candidates side?
    -What happens when BOTH candidates interrupt, but moderator only chastises 1?
    -What happens when MODERATOR repeatedly allows 1 candidate to have rebuttal, but not the other candidate?
    -Do we need to let the candidates bring in an UNBIASED moderator for the MODERATOR?
    -Chris Wallace needed to be reigned in. He was completely out of line.

    • I agree with you. Biden would tell a lie or refuse to answer question. When President Trump tried to make a rebuttal or defend himself Wallace would interrupt and bail Biden out. All the interruptions and name calling done by Biden was never called out or addressed by Wallace. The American people are not stupid. We can see when a moderator is biased and not fair. We can also see when a candidate is flip flopping, lying, and avoiding answering the questions.

  10. Wow a Tuesday night was a total disaster and praying if there should be the next two ,Nothing like that will ever happen again.
    Do not interrupt the others when one talks,,,let him or her finished then say your piece…that is the police way of conducting a debate…
    Plus don’t dig up;past family events ,,,on either side…

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