Commission Plans On Giving Debate Moderators Power to Cut Candidates' Mics


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In the wake of Tuesday's chaotic face-off between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Commission on Presidential Debates has revealed plans to give future moderators control over candidates' microphones.

"The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate," a statement released by the CPD reads. "Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues."

That "additional structure' will involve buttons at the moderators' table that allows them to turn off one or both of the candidates' microphones, per the CPD.

“They’re only doing this because their guy got pummeled last night. 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," Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh said after the CPD's announcement.

Joe Biden's team responded, saying he's ready for the next debate in Miami.

"He'll be focused on answering questions from the voters there, under whatever set of rules the Commission develops to try to contain Donald Trump's behavior," Kate Bedingfield, the deputy campaign manager of the Biden campaign, said in a statement.

Trump and Biden are scheduled to return to the debate stage twice more: on October 15th, and again on the 22nd. The next debate, two weeks from now, will be moderated by C-SPAN host Steve Scully and will follow more of a town hall style.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are set to square off in their first VP debate on October 7th.

Check out more details on The Hill.

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