CPD Says It’s Changing Rules For Presidential Debates After Tuesday Night

(ConservativePeak.com)- The final two presidential debates will have a different format than Tuesday night’s, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

In a statement, the organization said:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televises debates for the benefit the American electorate. 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.”

What exact changes the commission is considering or planning to adopt haven’t been specified. The group did say it was “carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

It further said it was “grateful to (host) Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate.” The group “intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

Everyone will be waiting to hear from the CPD on how it plans to keep President Donald Trump from cutting in and interrupting, as he did Tuesday night. After all, there were rules in place that gave each candidate two uninterrupted minutes to respond to questions, and that didn’t go so well.

Joe Biden called Trump’s actions Tuesday night a “national embarrassment.” Speaking on Wednesday, Biden said:

“I just hope there’s a way in which the debate commission can control the ability of us to answer the questions without interruptions. I’m not going to speculate on what happens in the second or third debate — my hope is that they’re able to literally — say the question gets asked of Trump. He has a microphone. He has two minutes. No one else has the microphone, and then I don’t know what the rules are going to be. That seems to me to make some sense.”

Biden’s suggestion seems to be one of the only ways to physically prevent Trump from interrupting his answers — or vice versa, for that matter. If the opponent’s microphone could be turned off when it wasn’t his turn, then maybe one candidate could have an uninterrupted chance to respond.

Kate Bedingfield, the deputy campaign manager for Biden, said the Democrat plans to take part in the final two debates, the next of which is scheduled in Miami for October 15. She did say there’d be “ongoing discussions” the campaign would have with the CPD about “formats and rules” of the future debates. What changes Biden’s campaign were pushing for, if any, are unclear as well at this point.

As for Trump, his campaign is saying that the rules are being changed during the middle of the game only because Biden would be considered defeated during Tuesday night’s debate. In a statement, Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump campaign, said the CPD “shouldn’t’ be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.

“They’re only doing this because their guy got pummeled last night. President Trump was the dominant force, and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs.”