After the complete disaster that was the first presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the rule changes for the second and final debate set to take place on Thursday in Tennessee. The commission has decided that when one candidate is speaking during their first two minutes on a question, the other candidate’s microphone will be muted to avoid cross-talk. During the open discussion period of the topic, both candidates’ microphones will be turned on. Trump told reporters he’s not happy with the rule change but he is expected to show up Thursday night anyway.
This rule change will ultimately make the debate more watchable and it’s probably in the best interest of the American people to make it. One would think that letting Biden speak uninterrupted for two minutes will be helpful to him, but the counterargument to that is that Trump makes a fool out of himself when he butts in and it was a tactic that backfired on him in the first debate. Trump clearly needs a debate win more than Biden, trailing in the national polls by as much as 10% two weeks out from Election Day.
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