The Presidential Debate Commission, a non-partisan body that organizes these face to face, announced this Monday that will turn off the microphones of the president and republican candidate for re-election, Donald Trump, and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, during some parts of the event next Thursday.
This decision is announced after the first (and only to date) face to face that Trump and Biden celebrated at the end of September it led to chaos and multiple interruptions, especially from the president to his opponent.
The next Thursday, which will take place in Nashville (Tennessee), will last 90 minutes and will be divided into six parts of 15 minutes each, whose first four minutes will be divided by Trump and Biden for a first uninterrupted statement of two minutes.
It will be those two minutes that each candidate will enjoy at the beginning of each song during which your opponent’s microphone will be off to ensure there are no interruptions.
In a statement, the Presidential Debates Commission stressed that “both campaigns reaffirmed again this week their agreement with the rule of two uninterrupted minutes.”
“The Commission announces today that to guarantee compliance with this agreed rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be on during these two-minute periods will be the candidate who has the floor,” he said.
The remaining minutes in each of the songs will be with both microphones open, although the Commission pointed out that “its hope is that the candidates are respectful of each other’s time” despite having the opportunity to question or interrupt each other.
“We realize, after discussing it with both campaigns, that neither is fully satisfied with the announced measures. One may think that they are going too far and the other that they fall short. We feel comfortable that these measures strike the right balance and that they are of the interest of the people, “added the Commission.