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Commission Will Mute Mics to Avoid Interruptions During Presidential Debate

What Happened:

  • On Monday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that, in the final Presidential debate on Thursday, they will mute the microphones of opponents during the two minute response times to allow the candidates to speak without interruption. They will also mute microphones if candidates go over the allotted time.

  • The decision comes after the Commission met on Monday to discuss potential rule changes. Said the commission, "We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today...We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held."

  • The decision will likely upset the Trump campaign, as the President likes to interrupt his opponents during debates.

  • There will also be an open discussion forum in which the mute option won't be employed.

  • Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, complained today that the topics chosen by the commission are "Pro-Biden" and that foreign policy should also be included. The topics for the upcoming and final debate include: fighting COVID-19, American families, national security, leadership, climate change, and race in America.

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