The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) decided it will mute President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden while the other answers a question during the last debate.

The CPD faced pressure to add a mute button after the candidates kept interrupting each other in the first debate.

I stress both because I see so much blame on Trump. Biden was not innocent. Both were annoying and obnoxious.

Anyway! From NBC News:

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off during Thursday’s final presidential debate while their opponent delivers initial two-minute answers to each debate topic, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The commission said both microphones will be on, however, during open-discussion segments of the debate.

“We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today,” the commission said in a statement. “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 that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.”

Trump is not pleased but will participate.

The debate takes place on October 22. It will last about 90 minutes with six 15-minute segments.

Trump’s campaign demanded the CPD stick to the “long-standing custom” of having foreign policy as the central focus in the debate.

Moderator Kristen Welker listed National Security as a topic, which could be taken as foreign policy so I don’t get the uproar.

Trump and his campaign blamed the CPD for twisting the topics so Biden can avoid talking about his foreign policy record, especially the explosive stories about his son’s emails.

Trump can easily bring up Biden’s issues during the National Security portion.


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