Candidates for the presidency will meet two other times in front of the cameras, on October 15 and 22. The organizers want them to be more organized.
The Commission on Presidential Debates of the United States announced this Wednesday that it is considering making changes in the format of the next meetings between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, to avoid a repeat of another chaotic event such as that of Tuesday night, which was characterized by the continuous and repeated interruptions between the two presidential candidates.
The commission indicated that this first debate “made it clear that additional structure must be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”
In a statement, the Commission said that it will carefully consider the changes it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.
The Commission usually works in collaboration with the campaigns of the two candidates before the debates take place to agree a series of rules that govern the dialogue, and it is not usual for the structure to be changed once the first has been held.
Still two televised duels remain between Trump and Biden before the November 3 election. The next one will be on October 15 in Miami, and the next one, on October 22 in Nashville (Tennessee), and they will also last 90 minutes, as usual.
One possibility that is being discussed is giving the moderator the ability to close the microphone of one of the participants while his opponent is speaking, according to a source familiar with the deliberations but who was not authorized to disseminate the information and spoke on the condition of the anonymity.
At the meeting this Tuesday, in Cleveland, Ohio, Moderator Chris Wallace had a hard time keeping control of the debate due to frequent interruptions, mainly from Trump.
Wallace, a news anchor for conservative Fox News, called for a more orderly debate, and at one point looking at Trump, said, “The country would be better served if we allowed both people to talk with fewer interruptions. I’m asking you, sir, let him do it”.
“Ask him too,” the president replied, pointing to his Democratic rival.
“Well, frankly, you’ve interrupted more than he has,” Wallace replied.
Tuesday’s debate was characterized by crossfire between the candidates, with harsh personal attacks and accusations. The Republican called his political rival a “socialist” and called him “In 47 years you didn’t do anything.”
Biden was not far behind and responded harshly to the president’s attacks. He came to call him “clown” and “liar”.
The Committee on Presidential Debates said it is “grateful” to Wallace, “for the professionalism and skill he brought to the debate” on Tuesday.
This Wednesday, Biden called the encounter
“a national disgrace”.
Despite some suggestions that the last two meetings be canceled, both campaigns said their candidates will attend.
Also scheduled for next Wednesday, October 7, a debate between the candidates for the vice presidency: Republican Mike Pence (who now holds that position) and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, in Salt Lake City (Utah).