Debates Commission Announces New Rules After Tuesday Night’s Fiasco
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it would add “additional structure” to the remaining faceoffs between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden after Tuesday night’s calamitous meeting, saying “more orderly discussion is needed.”
The announcement came as both candidates returned to the campaign trail, and Biden called Trump’s behavior at the debate “a national disgrace” during a stop in Ohio. Meanwhile, several GOP lawmakers urged Trump to address his refusal during the debate to condemn self-described white supremacists. Democrats widely denounced Trump’s remarks.
While some are calling for an end to the debates entirely, the Biden Campaign has already announced Biden will participate, as will Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris. Republican strategists are trying to get ahead of the next presidential debate on October 15th, which will be moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, by offering Trump advice on how to behave next time, but the Debates Commission is also doing their part to make the proceedings more civilized, responding quickly to the criticisms.
NEW: Commission on Presidential Debates statement:
"Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates … The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly." pic.twitter.com/AXhBLNLqt4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 30, 2020
Joe Biden was still in Ohio on Wednesday and met with reporters at a campaign train stop. Asked about the future of the Presidential Debates, Biden said it would make sense for the moderator to switch off Trump’s microphone during Biden’s turn and vice versa, providing each candidate with two minutes of uninterrupted speaking time.
“I just hope there’s a way in which the Debate Commission can control the ability of us to answer the question without interruption,” Biden said.
For his part, Trump has also criticized Fox News’ Chris Wallace for bias, bookending his pre-debate slams regarding the Fox News anchor. “Two on one was not surprising, but fun,” he tweeted.
Biden currently leads Trump by eight percentage points nationally, 51 percent to 43 percent, according to a Washington Post average of polls. Biden’s margin is the same in Pennsylvania and smaller in other key states: seven points in Wisconsin and Michigan, five in Arizona, and one in Florida.