Organizers of Trump-Biden debate to turn off microphones to avoid disruption

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The president questions the new rules and denounces the bias of the Debate Committee

The Committee on Presidential Debates has changed the regulations with a view to the last face-to-face between the two main candidates for the White House, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and has announced that the microphones of each of them will be turned off for two minutes at the beginning of each section to avoid interruptions.

Trump and Biden have met on television only once, since the second debate, scheduled for October 15, was canceled after the organizers proposed to hold it telematically due to the positive coronavirus of the president of the United States.

The two candidates had agreed to meet again on Thursday, October 22, in Nashville, Tennesee. On this occasion, “both campaigns have reaffirmed their agreement with the rule of two minutes without interruptions,” the Debate Committee announced in a statement.

Thus, both Biden and Trump will be able to speak without their rival interceding for two minutes at the beginning of each of the six segments, according to The Hill portal. The objective is to avoid situations like those experienced in the first and for now only debate, when the president constantly interrupted both the Democratic candidate and the moderator.

“It’s crazy,” Trump sentenced this Tuesday, in an interview with Fox News in which he assured that the organizers “are not good people.” For the president, who has criticized the moderator, Kristen Welker, there is “nothing fair” in the upcoming debate.

The Trump campaign has also made it clear in a note that it opposes “last minute” changes by a commission that it considers “biased” in favor of Biden’s interests, but has still confirmed that the president will participate.

The debate will revolve around six themes: Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security, and Leadership. The list also does not contain the Trump campaign, which is missing its focus on foreign policy.

The head of the Republican leader’s campaign, Bill Stepien, has assured that the final debate “always” was raised as a face-to-face focused on foreign policy, despite the fact that neither the Commission nor the moderator, from the NBC network, raised never anything like that.

Stepien believes that the list of topics “would isolate Biden from his own history”, making clear Trump’s interest in taking out the foreign business of the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, during the meeting, reports the Bloomberg agency.

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