Trump campaign cries foul on final debate topics

  • Trump campaign cries foul on final debate topics

Trump campaign cries foul on final debate topics

During "open discussion", both candidates' microphones will be open but "time taken up during any interruptions will be returned to the other candidate", the statement said.

The next Presidential Debate will have brand new rules attached to it, including one which will have muted microphones. One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough.

The campaign for United States President Donald Trump has objected to the chosen topics for Thursday's election debate in Nashville, Tennessee, declaring the final face-off between the candidates was meant to be the "foreign policy debate" and accusing organisers of pro-Biden bias.

The commission had said it was looking at rules changes after the September 29 debate, which was dominated by name-calling and interruptions on the part of both candidates. "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". The next morning, headlines focused on Trump's failure to disavow the QAnon conspiracy, while the best Biden attack one Trump campaign staffer could muster was comparing the former VP to Mister Rogers.

The campaign has also slammed the commission's decision, announced on Monday, to mute the candidates during portions of the debate when the other candidate is speaking - a response to the chaotic first debate in Cleveland, Ohio that often devolved into a shouting match.

Afterward, the commission committed to ensuring "a more orderly discussion" for future debates. Though Trump recovered relatively quickly, he then refused to participate in a second debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would go virtual to avoid the possibility of another Trump superspreader event.

Earlier on Monday, Trump's campaign said it was unhappy with the designated topics for Thursday's debate, arguing that it should focus more on foreign policy - the nominal focus of what was supposed to be the third debate. And like the last debate, Trump is reportedly doing very little prep work: According to the Wall Street Journal, as of Wednesday, the president "hadn't attended any prep sessions for Thursday's debate, formally or informally". Biden's campaign said that both sides previously agreed to let moderators choose the subjects.

On Friday, the debate moderator, NBC News' Kristen Welker, announced the debate topics would be fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

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