The Commission on Presidential Debates has agreed to a plan to mute an opposing candidate’s microphones while the other candidate speaks during the second and final presidential debate on Thursday, according to a release from the commission.
“Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of open discussion. Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule. The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each segment, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open,” the statement reads.
The decision comes after the commission met on Monday afternoon to discuss changes to the debate format.
The commission believed the changes were needed because of how the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump devolved into chaos, with the President frequently interrupting.
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