Frank Fahrenkopf On Cutting The Microphones During The Final Presidential Debate

Frank Fahrenkopf On Cutting The Microphones During The Final Presidential Debate

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.

Mr Biden has a commanding lead nationally in opinion polls with two weeks to go until the election.

The commission ended up canceling the debate that had been scheduled for October 15.

Trump, for his part, has continued to attack the framework of the debate, while accusing moderator Welker of being a "radical left Democrat" during a rally in Arizona on Monday.

Almost 30 million early voters have already cast their ballots, compared with just six million at this point before the last presidential election in 2016.

The debate is divided into six segments - fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership - and will last a total of 90 minutes.

Mr Stepien accused Mr Biden of being "desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record" and the commission of trying to "insulate Biden from his own history".

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Democrat's camp hit back that it was actually Mr Trump who was trying to duck questions.

The commission said it was making the change to enforce debate rules already agreed upon by both campaigns.

"As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs", Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said.

What are the rules for the upcoming debate?

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.

However, as per the new rules, the microphone of the opponent will be on mute to enable uninterrupted opening remarks of the speaker.

"One [campaign] may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough", the statement said.

The commission said neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the rules, but that it believes the actions "strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people".

Thursday's debate will be the last time the two rivals face off before the November 3 election.

On the controversy over Steve Scully admitting he lied about his twitter being hacked Fahrenkopf said what he did was wrong.

In the last debate, in September, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared to the former vice president's interrupting Trump 22 times, the news site Axios reported.

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