Candidates’ Microphones To Be Muted During Last Presidential Debate On Thursday
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will have their microphones muted during the second and final presidential debate on Thursday.
NEW: Commission on Presidential Debates announces a change to Thursday’s presidential debate: “The only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules.” pic.twitter.com/zzGpH2NHHc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 20, 2020
The commission also announced that during open-discussion debate segments that both microphones would remain on.
Under the altered rules, Trump and Biden would have two-minutes of uninterrupted time to speak at the start of every 15-minute segment of Thursday’s debate.
The commission announced, “The only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules.” Following that, there will be time for discussion with both candidates’ microphones open.
Trump and Biden’s campaigns have both agreed to the changes.
The decision follows a lawless first presidential debate last month.
During the September 29 debate, Trump repeatedly interrupted making it difficult to understand what was being said, and the moderator Fox News host Chris Wallace had to frequently intervene.
Thursday’s debate marks 11 days until Election Day on November 3. It is being held in Nashville. Tennessee.