Entertainment Donald Trump Signals Opposition To Debate Rule Changes, Claims He “Easily Won” First Matchup With Joe Biden
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The conventions are over and each party's ticket has been made official. The COVID-19 pandemic is still infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day, and anti-racism protests continue — some of them becoming violent. But public opinion has largely held steady, meaning Joe Biden remains the favourite to defeat Donald Trump in two months. But his path to the White House might be becoming a little narrower, as polls in a number of swing states tighten. The CBC's Presidential Poll Tracker, an aggregation of all polls in the United States, still shows Biden leading in enough states to win him the election.
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signaled that he would oppose changes to the rule of the second and third presidential debates, while claiming that he “easily won” the first match up with Joe Biden.
“Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?” he tweeted on Thursday.
Debate Preview: Donald Trump And Joe Biden Are The Main Event, Then There Is Media Coverage Of The Aftermath
The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden likely will be the most watched political event of the cycle so far, but it’s the aftermath of the debate that will be almost as important as what they say and what they do. The minutes, hours and days afterward will see an avalanche of analysis, polling and other data to try to frame who won and who lost. Key moments will get played and shared, and even debate moderator Chris Wallace will be scrutinized for his framing of questions and his control over the proceedings.More from DeadlineDeadline Now: Forecasting Donald Trump Vs.
Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
In response to widespread criticism of the debate on Tuesday, primarily over Trump’s repeated interruptions of Joe Biden, the organizers of the debates said that they are considering changes, including additional structure to ensure “a more orderly discussion of the issues.” The Commission on Presidential Debates, a bipartisan group that has sponsored the gatherings since 1988, reportedly is considering one measure that would allow for a candidate’s microphone to be turned off if they flout the rules.
Hannity Suggests No Moderator for Future Debates: 'Let Them Have at It' (Video)
Most of the pundits who appeared on Fox News after Tuesday's presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump had little but raves for Trump's performance. Sean Hannity, for example, said he actually liked that Trump constantly interrupted Biden and argued with moderator Chris Wallace, saying it was "real." "One thing I've concluded at the end of tonight is, it's basically, you're gonna get a gladiator warrior fighter in Donald Trump,""One thing I've concluded at the end of tonight is, it's basically, you're gonna get a gladiator warrior fighter in Donald Trump," Hannity said.
Trump has done this dance before when it comes to debates. Earlier in this cycle, there was some speculation that he would not participate, as he claimed that the commission was “very biased.” As the debates approached, his campaign pressed the commission to add another debate or move the schedule, while suggesting a list of moderators. None of them were picked.
Now Trump seems to be keying up a standoff with the commission, which is expected to unveil their new rules in the next day or so. He could refuse to abide by them and skip the debates. Or, as has been the case in other situations, he could dangle the prospect until the last minute, and then declare some kind of victory when he shows up.
On Wednesday, Tim Murtaugh, communications director of the Trump campaign, said in a statement, “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. They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”
Presidential Debate Quickly Goes Off The Rails As Donald Trump Repeatedly Interrupts Joe Biden
The first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump quickly became contentious, as Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden. “Will you shut up, man?” Biden said to Trump. “This is so unpresidential.” Then Biden added, “Keep yapping, man.” Moderator Chris Wallace tried at points to stop Trump from talking, at one point telling him, “I am the moderator in this debate and I would like you to let me ask this question.” Wallace’s first question was about the Supreme Court and Trump’s decision to move forward with Amy Coney Barrett. But it veered off into another topic, healthcare.
Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for the Biden campaign, said, “Joe Biden is looking forward to the Town Hall in Miami. He’ll be focused on answering questions from the voters there, under whatever set of rules the Commission develops to try to contain Donald Trump’s behavior. The president will have to choose between responding to voters about questions for which he has offered no answers in this campaign — or repeating last night’s unhinged meltdown.”
Scientific pollshave shown that viewers thought that Biden won the debate, not Trump.
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