US Presidential debate: Trump, Biden to be muted during opponent’s response

Donald Trump and Joe Biden during first presidential debate [photo: ctv news]

Tuesday, 20th October – At 14- days to the US elections both President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden are preparing for their final debate. Trump intends to spend the day campaigning while Biden is taking a break from the campaign trail in preparation for the presidential debate.

Both Trump and Biden will have their Microphones muted for part of the debate following trends witnessed in previous debates of unruliness, frequent interruptions and ill-tempered exchanges.

The commission acknowledged the changes in a statement, “Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of open discussion. Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule.

The decision was arrived at on Monday afternoon when the commission met to discuss potential changes to the debate format. the changes, according to the commission are necessary following how the first debate between Biden and Trump devolved into chaos where the president constantly interrupted the former vice president.

The statement continued, “The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each segment, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open.

Elsewhere President Trump has repeatedly criticized increased postal voting in this year’s election and claimed it causes fraud.

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