Trump, Biden to have mics cut during opponent's answers in Thursday's debate
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to attend Thursday’s debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden despite rule changes — opposed by his campaign — that are meant to foster more ordered discussions.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien says Trump “is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last-minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate.”
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The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that the second and final debate between the two candidates will have each nominee muted while the other delivers his two-minute remarks at the outset of each of the six debate topics. The remainder of each 15-minute block will be open discussion, without any muting, the commission said.
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The move is meant to prevent a repeat of the inaugural debate three weeks ago when the two candidates interrupted each other repeatedly.
The Biden campaign did not immediately comment on the new rule.