The final debate between US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden ends with a mute button that can mute the microphone of both. In this way the organizer of the debate hopes to prevent a repetition of the first debate.
Trump campaign team reacts negatively to mute button
The first debate between President Trump and his Democratic challenger Biden was unprecedented chaos. The agreed rules were ignored and the debate was characterized by hostile statements from both sides. The second debate was moved to an online debate room, but Trump declined to do so.
By only activating the microphone of the speaking presidential candidate, the interruptions should be a thing of the past. This shifts the focus to an open debate and gives the speaker the opportunity to uninterruptedly express his position on a point of discussion, argues the committee for presidential debates.
After the two-minute opening positions, Trump and Biden are given 15 minutes to discuss the submitted topic. This happens without a mute button, which means that new quarrels cannot be ruled out.
Trump’s campaign team is unhappy with the proposed changes. Campaign manager Bill Stepien said the last minute changes are “a last-ditch effort to give the committee’s favored candidate an advantage.”
Trump and Biden first crossed swords on September 29. The Democratic candidate, after one of Trump’s 73 interruptions, sneered that he should “shut up.” Trump claimed he had done more for the US in 47 months than Biden did in 47 years.
The last debate will take place on October 23 at 3:00 am Dutch time. On November 3, Americans are allowed to vote. A record number have already cast their votes early.