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US Election 2020: Rules Set To Change Ahead of Trump-Biden Next Presidential Debate



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The commission that spearheads the US presidential debates has said it will change the rules of engagement going forward. This would be to ensure that the remaining two encounters between Donald Trump and Joe Biden are more orderly.

According to US media reports, a workable measure could be to cut the sounds, should one of the candidates try to interrupt the other while that one is talking, US media reports.

The announcement came, following Tuesday’s ill-mannered debate that quickly degenerated into slandering, bickering and childish insults.

See the official statement below;

“The commission is grateful to [moderator] Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

President Trump constantly interrupted Mr Biden, leading to a series of chaotic exchanges in which both men talked over each other.

Mr Trump questioned Mr Biden’s intelligence and Mr Biden called President Trump a clown, telling him to be quiet and saying: “Will you shut up, man?”

According to CBS News, the presidential debate commission would be spending the next 48 hours drawing up new rules and guidelines for the second debate.

Controlling the candidates’ microphones is at the top of the list, CBS said, in order to prevent them interrupting the moderator or each other.

Both campaign teams will be informed of the rules but they will not be subject to negotiation, the source added.

The commission is a nonpartisan body that has organised presidential election debates since 1988.


President Trump team has however already criticised the commission’s plans.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh, described Tuesday’s night’s dramatic scenes as a “free exchange of ideas” and criticised the plans to change the rules.

“They are only doing this because their guy got pummelled last night,” he said.

“President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs. They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”

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You would recall, that the tone and tactics of the first presidential debate were criticised across the US and all over the world in general.

President Trump held back nothing while he verbally attacked Joe Biden and spoke of his son’s alleged corruption during the very first presidential debate, according to Fox News.

In fact, it got to a point where the two rivals  started shouting at each other, each dealing the other a heavier blow one after the other.

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Trump demolished Joe Biden’s argument with one simple question.

“China ate your lunch,” referencing Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden’s alleged corruption.

“And no wonder your son goes in and takes out billions of dollars to manage, makes millions of dollars–while we’re at it, why did the mayor of Moscow’s wife give your son $3.5 million? What did he do with Burisma?”

Biden fired back calling the claims “totally discredited.”

“My son did nothing wrong with Burisma,” Biden said. “Everyone has discredited it.”

The two started shouting at one another, with Biden cutting through saying: “It is hard to get any word in with this clown–excuse me–this president.”

“Here’s the deal. We want to talk about families and ethics. I don’t want to do that,” Biden said, pointing to the Trump family. “His family–we can go on all night.”

Trump fired back saying: “My family lost a fortune by helping us come work with government.”

“This is not about my family or his family its about your family,” Biden said, pointing to the camera. “He doesn’t want to talk about what you need, the American people, it’s about you. That’s who we’re talking about here.”

Joe Biden continuously told President Trump to “shut up,” and called him a “clown.”

“Would you shut up, man?” Biden said to Trump, calling him “unpresidential.”

Later, Biden cut Trump off again, saying: “Will he just shush for a minute?”

More from Fox News:

Meanwhile, the president slammed Biden, saying the former vice president is not “smart.”

“You graduated the lowest in your class,” Trump said to Biden, after he said the president should become “smart” with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Don’t ever use the word smart with me,” Trump said. “Nothing smart about you Joe.”

The president, when asked about his campaign rallies, said that Biden doesn’t hold events because “nobody shows up to his events.”

“People want to hear what I have to say,” Trump said.

The debate shifted to taxes. Biden vowed to repeal the “Trump tax code,” and the president cut him off questioning why he didn’t propose a better tax plan during his “47 years” in Washington.

“Because you weren’t president screwing things up,” Biden said. “You’re the worst president America has ever had.”

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