The Debate Commission adopted new rules after the incumbent president of the United States had interrupted his opponent more than 70 times in previous debates.
During the debate of U.S. presidential candidates, one candidate's microphone will be turned off while the other is speaking. The U.S. Presidential Debate Commission has adopted this new rule.
вЂњAccording to the agreed rules of the debate, each candidate has two minutes of continuous-time to speak at the beginning of each 15-minute segment. These statements are made before the open discussion. Both campaigns this week reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute uninterrupted time rule. The commission reports that in order to ensure compliance with this rule, the microphone of only one candidate will be turned on, the one who has the right to speak,вЂќ the commission said in a statement.
Thus, at the beginning of each of the six segments of the debate, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer the question. During this part, the microphone of the supporting candidate will be turned off.
It is specified that during the open discussion the microphones of both candidates will work.
This decision was made after the first presidential debate between the U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden turned into chaos. According to media calculations, Trump interrupted his opponent 71 times. Biden himself claimed that Trump interrupted him and the host 158 times.
After the first debate, Biden said he wanted the debate commission to change the rules.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign headquarters opposed any change in the rules.
In a letter to the commission on Monday, campaign manager Trump Bill Stephen, even before the decision was made, called the microphone switch-off of candidates вЂњunacceptable.
He also disagreed with the themes of the upcoming debate, calling for more attention to foreign policy issues.
Topics to be discussed, according to the debate commission, including the fight against coronavirus, race issues, climate change, national security, American families, and leadership.
Recall that the first round of Trump and Biden's pre-election debate was held in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29. According to a survey published by the media, at the first debate, Biden showed himself better than the incumbent president. Trump, however, believes that he won.