Commission on Presidential Debates- Will Mute The Mic of Candidate Who Does Not Have The Floor During Final Presidential Debate 2020
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The Commission on Presidential Debates says in the final 2020 presidential debate (on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, 9:00 pm-10:30 pm ET), candidates will be muted while the other has the floor and any interruptions will count toward their time. The non-partisan CPD (Commission on Presidential Debates) announced on Monday, October 19, 2020, 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.” Both mics will be unmuted for open discussion. The commission also added in a statement: “We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today. One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and tat they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.” A source close to the commission indicated that the decision on muting the microphones was unanimous by its members and stressed that “this is not a change to rules but rather a move to promote adherence to rules that have been agreed to be both campaigns.” Donald Trump is not happy with such a rule change to mute microphones for part of his final televised debate with Joe Biden and objected to the topics chosen by the moderator, but he would still take part in the Thursday night debate, one of his last chances to reach a large prime-time audience before voting ends on November 3, 2020. During the final televised debate on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, each candidate will have their microphone cut off while the other is delivering response to questions on American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership. The debate will be of 90-minute duration, divided into 15-minute segments on six topics, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate. We discuss that and more with former Obama aide Robert Gibbs and former Jeb Bush aide Tim Miller, in the video “Muted Mics To Cut Interruptions At Final Biden-Trump Debate, The 11th Hour, MSNBC“, below: