After the last debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump (one when the current U.S. President rudely interrupted Biden over 70 times according to CBS News), it’s not a surprise that the rules have changed. In the next and final debate, each candidate is going to have a two-minute uninterrupted time slot to speak, time where the other man will not have his microphone on.
The decision has been made being that at the previous debate, there was so much confusion that many described it as being one of the worst debates ever, and very unproductive in allowing the American public to adequately consider a candidate and/or what either man’s exact views were on certain issues.
The Decision By The Commision On Presidential Debates to Mute Microphones
According to their official website, The Commission on Presidential Debates “was established in 1987 to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates between or among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States are a permanent part of the electoral process.”
This is how the commission responded in a public statement after the new rules about microphones being muted at the next debate between Biden and Trump were presented to the American public:
“We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today. One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable these actions strike the right balance, and that they are in the best interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.”
What Happens After the Final Presidential Debate?
Voters across the United States are truly hoping that the microphones being muted allow both candidates to express their views more clearly, so that the American people can make a better decision about who they are choosing to vote for in this 2020 election.
After the debate, one of the next time these two candidates will have the undivided attention of the American public will be on Sunday October, 25th 2020. This is when the show 60 Minutes will feature intimate interviews from both men.
Over the years, the program has revolutionized journalism, and at times like this make things much more transparent for citizens who want a clear view of who they are choosing as the Commander-in-Chief.
American Journalist Leslie Stahl, who spent a large portion of her career on CBS News, made the announcement recently. “In what has become a quadrennial tradition,” she began, “we’ll have revealing, provocative conversation with the two major party candidates for President. As the campaign trail winds to its end, I’ll be at the White House with questions for President Trump, and Nora O’Donnell interviews former Vice-President Joe Biden in Delaware. We’ll also have some time with their running mates, Vice-President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris.”