The Non-partisan Presidential Debates Commission said on Wednesday it would change the structure and format of the last two general election debates between the president Donald trump and democratic candidate Joe biden after Tuesday chaotic and bitter debate.
The commission, which has organized the debates for the general presidential elections since the late 1980s, set the rules before the debates according to which each candidate has two minutes to answer questions put to him by the moderator as well as time to sit down. to respond. But of the start of Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland, there were frequent interruptions and yelling – mostly from the president – which made it difficult to hear the answers and get full answers.
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The committee said it will shortly ensure that “additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.” the next presidential debate will take place on October 15 in Miami and the third and final will be on October 22 in Nashville. Vice president Mike pence and Democratic candidate for vice-presidency Kamala harris will have a debate next week in Salt Lake City.
“Last night’s debate made it clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the committee said in a statement Wednesday. “The CPD will carefully review the changes it adopts and announce these measures shortly.”
The committee also praised the Fox News moderator and presenter for Chris Wallce’s “professionalism and skill” in trying to deal with frequent interruptions and restore order to the debate. Wallace continually tried to get the debate back on track and at one point yelled “Gentleman!” To attract the attention of the two candidates.
“I hate to raise my voice, but why should I be any different from you two?” Wallace told the candidates during Tuesday’s debate. When Trump pushed back and complained that Biden had also interrupted his responses, Wallace replied, “Frankly, you made more interruptions.”
The third debate was to have the same structure as Tuesday, but the second debate in Miami will take place in the form of town hall. Residents of South Florida who say they are still undecided voters will be selected to ask questions of either candidate. Both will have two minutes to answer questions.