The Debate Commission has said it will mute the microphones when necessary during the final presidential debate this week. What will this mean for both President Trump and Joe Biden’s campaigns?
And it’s been an explosive journey coming up to it, to say the least!
But it seems that he has some serious competition from his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
But it has been powering on ahead… despite many major setbacks.
Entering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls.
Biden’s lead was compounded by a cash crunch in Trump’s campaign, with Biden’s campaign donations improving significantly.
And in the weeks running up the debate, he attempted to cast doubt over Biden’s abilities, claiming that he was suffering from dementia and that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Trump even requested Biden to take a drug test before the debate!
Both Trump and Biden seemed to be having a field day throwing insults at one another, calling each other out, and constantly interrupting each other.
And it didn’t leave a pleasant taste in the mouths of viewers who were, quite frankly, left feeling disgusted at what they had just witnessed.
And the people of America have never before felt so disheartened in the run-up to an election.
And things took an ultimate turn for the worst when at the start of October, the President and the First Lady, Melania, tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump insisted that they immediately went into self-isolation together and that they felt fine, but after just a few days, he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Centre.
He was discharged just a few days later and insisted to the nation that all we need to do is to “learn to live with COVID”, which was very concerning to hear.
Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, Ellen Page, moderated the heated debate in Utah and in similarity to the first Presidential Debate, sparks flew for miles.
Including her putting her hand up and firmly saying, “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking”… engulfing Pence into silence.
And it probably didn’t help Trump’s campaign any more that Pence became a laughing stock after a fly landed on his head half-way through the debate.
You really can’t make these things up!
But when Joe Biden proposed making the next presidential debate a virtual one in the interest of health and safety, Trump put his foot down.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the October 15th town hall-style debate in Miami would take place virtually as health experts raised concerns about whether it would be safe to hold the event in person given Trump is still recovering from COVID-19.
And in typical Trump fashion, the President announced at the last minute that he would be holding his own town hall forum in Miami at exactly the same time, hosted by NBC.
And this was the first time ever that 2 hopeful presidential candidates went head-to-head at the same time while not being at the same event.
While Biden’s was calm and collected.
But remember when we said this about Clinton’s campaign 4 years ago?
And it seems that this time around, the Debate Commission will be implementing some new rules following the first disastrous debate.
In a statement announcing the rule change, the Commission said the only candidate whose microphone will be live during the 2-minute segments in which only a single candidate has the floor will be “the candidate who has the floor under the rules.”
So to put it in simpler terms, it’s to stop the opponents from interrupting each other.
Which means that the risk of the candidates talking over each other during the “open discussion” period of the debate remains, but nevertheless, each candidate will be able to have their say without being interrupted.
And many feel that this new strategy will work well in both candidates’ favors.
How will the president react to this new rule?
So make sure to stay posted for upcoming updates.