Would you like to explain that in more detail? “No,” said Mr. Wallace. “To quote the President, ‘It is what it is.'”
In the limelight, Mr. Wallace was well aware of the complexity of his job: he kept the debate balanced, avoided taking sides, and allowed candidates to express themselves while the discussion remained substantive.
“You hesitate – as someone who has said from the beginning that I want to be as invisible as possible and allow them to speak – to rise to the point where you start to intervene more and more,”
The Presidential Debate Commission said Wednesday it would consider changes to the format of the remaining meetings between Mr Biden and Mr Trump this year, a clear sign of its frustration with Tuesday night’s results. The Commission also went to great lengths to commend Mr Wallace for his “professionalism and ability”.
The proposal to allow moderators to mute the candidates’ microphones, who were popular on social media in the hours following the event, did not go down well with Mr Wallace.
“Even if the president’s microphone had been closed, he could have practically kept interrupting, and it might well have been recorded on Biden’s microphone and it would still have disrupted the process in the hall,” he said.
And he noted that cutting off a presidential candidate’s audio feed is a more consistent act than some pundits believe. “People need to remember, and too many people forget, that these two candidates have the support of tens of millions of Americans,” he said.
C-SPAN’s Steve Scully will be moderating the next debate in a town hall format in which Florida voters will ask many of the questions. NBC News’s Kristen Welker will host the closing debate. Mr. Wallace’s advice: “If any of these men go down this route, hopefully you will see what’s going on sooner than I will. I didn’t have that warning. “