Commission To Give Moderators Power To Cut Candidates’ Microphones
The Debate Commission is considering a few rules changes for the next two presidential debates, including giving moderators the power to turn off a candidate’s microphone. However, President Trump indicated Thursday he’s not interested in changing the rules.
“The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate,” a statement released by the CPD reads. “Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.” That “additional structure’ will involve buttons at the moderators’ table that allows them to turn off one or both of the candidates’ microphones, per the CPD.
Trump and Biden are scheduled to return to the debate stage twice more: on October 15th and 22nd. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are set to square off on October 7th.