Washington – The commission, which oversees the presidential general election debates, said Wednesday it would make changes to the format of the. One important change to be implemented: switching off the microphones from and if they break the rules, according to a source familiar with the Commission’s reasoning. The plans have not yet been finalized and the Commission is still considering how to carry out the plan.
The Presidential Debate Commission is responding to the duel between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, which was tarnished on Tuesdayfrom the president and mudslingers.
In a statement following the presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three planned in the run-up to the general election, the commission said the event “made it clear that additional structures should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure this.”
“The CPD will carefully consider the changes it will adopt and will announce these measures shortly,” the organization said. “The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill that he brought to the debate last night, and intends to ensure that additional tools are in place to maintain order for the remaining debates.”
An informed source told CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell that the commission will spend the next 48 hours setting new guidelines and rules for the second debate. The organization is working on all possible solutions, but the source said “we will make changes”.
At the top of the list is the control of the two candidates’ microphones and their ability to interrupt each other and the presenter. The campaigns are informed of the rules, but the source said the rules are not being negotiated.
For the next debate, which will be a town hall, only 15 to 20 people will ask questions in the room.
Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, criticized the commission for the measures ahead.
“You’re only doing this because your guy was beaten up last night,” he said in a statement. “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the referees. They shouldn’t move the goal posts and change the rules in the middle of the game.”
Kate Bedingfield, assistant campaign manager for Biden’s campaign, said the former vice president is ready for the next competition in Miami.
“He will focus on answering questions from voters there, regardless of the rules the commission is developing to curb Donald Trump’s behavior,” she said in a statement. “The president has to choose whether to answer voters’ questions he didn’t answer in this campaign or to repeat last night’s collapse.”
Tuesday evening’s debate was divided into six 15-minute sections on specific topics. Each candidate should have two minutes to speak at the beginning of each section and the rest of the time was available. But chaos quickly erupted as Fox News Sunday host and host Chris Wallace tried to push the two candidates on issues like the coronavirus crisis, the Supreme Court and the economy.
However, his efforts to restore order to the debate were hampered by Mr Trump’s frequent interruptions to Biden and Wallace, and political discussions were drowned out by naming and personal attacks on both presidential candidates.
Biden called Mr. Trump the “worst president America ever had,” a “clown,” and told him to “shut up” while the president was in officeabout the son of the Democratic presidential candidate, Hunter Biden, said “there is nothing wise about you” and to the former vice president white supremacists.
The chaos of the first debate raised questions about the effectiveness of the two more planned for October. The second presidential debate is scheduled for October 15 in Miami, followed by the third and final debate on October 22 in Nashville.