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Rules may change in preparation for subsequent presidential debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates is considering making changes before the next presidential debate which is scheduled for October 15th. Both the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign are pushing back (https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/519111-rnc-trump-campaign-push-back-on-push-to-change-debate-rules). RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel recently said, "I don't think you should be changing the rules that they have agreed to and I do not think this commission has the right to just arbitrarily change rules without talking to both candidates and getting agreement and input from both sides."


Both campaigns agreed on rules leading up to the first debate. It was structured into six 15 minute segments, with two uninterrupted minutes given to each candidate to begin, and then time given to respond. This structure was not followed as candidates got off topic, answered questions other than the ones posed, made personal attacks, and spoke over one another. The CPD has vowed to consider any rule changes over the next 48 hours.


One of the proposed rule changes would include giving the moderator the ability to cutoff the mic of anyone who is interrupting. Many criticized the performances in the first debate because both candidates interrupted each other and moderator Chris Wallace. Wallace himself has been critical of this proposed change, arguing that it would not help limit disruptions.


The next debate is set in Miami and will be setup like a town hall. Both candidates will take questions from a crowd of about 15 - 20 people. If changes are made we may see either campaign pull out or ask for additional changes. Until then Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are set to debate before that on October 7th. Will rule changes improve the debates or are the RNC and Trump campaign right in criticizing any additional rules?


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