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Donald Trump And Joe Biden's Microphones Will Be Muted During Final Presidential Debate

Donald Trump And Joe Biden's Microphones Will Be Muted During Final Presidential Debate

The first debate was marred by both candidates talking over the top of each other

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

The microphones attached to Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be turned off in parts during the third and final Presidential debate, it has been confirmed.

The first showdown between the two candidates was marred by both politicians talking over the top of each other and over the moderator.

At times viewers were unable to hear what they were saying - it looked more like a sandbox argument than a respectful debate between two people vying to be the leader of the United States of America.

In an effort to prevent that from happening again, the body that organises the debates will be taking a bit of power back.


The Commission on Presidential Debates has revealed the candidates' microphones will be silenced to prevent them from interrupting the other while they have two minutes to answer a question.

In a statement, the Commission said: "We realise, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today.

"We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held.

"The only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules."

At the beginning of each segment, each of which runs for 15 minutes, both candidates will have two minutes to answer the question without interruption, before they are able to debate each other on the topic.


While this rule was in place during the first Presidential debate for 2020, neither candidate particularly stuck to the rules.

President Trump jumped in with rebuttals so much that it prompted moderator Chris Williams to warn him about the rules.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said shortly after the microphone change was announced: "President 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 favoured candidate."

It will be up to moderator Kristen Welker to keep everyone calm and measured during the debate, which will go ahead on Friday 23 October.

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