Politics Presidential debate organizers promise format changes after Tuesday night chaos
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Trump repeatedly interrupted and heckled Biden, who responded by calling the President a "clown" and telling him to "shut up"The candidates regularly attacked each other’s character, as Trump repeatedly interrupted and heckled Biden, who responded by calling the President a “clown” and telling him to “shut up.” Moderator Chris Wallace often failed to get the discussion back on track.
WASHINGTON — The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it is considering format changes for remaining debates after President Donald Trump repeatedly, resulting in a chaotic debate that lacked in substantive policy conversation.
"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," the CPD said in a statement. "The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly."
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The CPD works with both candidatesto arrive at an agreed-upon set of rules. Changing the structure of the debates last-minute is highly unusual and a testament to just how out of control Tuesday night's event was.
Tuesday's moderator, Fox News host Chris Wallace,to rein in the pandemonium, but the CPD thanked Wallace for his work.
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"The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates," they said.
It is unclear exactly what changes the CPD will adopt and whether the candidates will agree to them.
into six 15-minute segments, each touching on a different topic. Wallace began each segment with an opening question and the candidates were given two minutes to answer with the opportunity to then respond to each other.
Trump frequently cut into Biden's two minutes, derailing the debate and causing an incensed Biden to ask the president, "Will you shut up, man?"
As is tradition with the presidential debates, Wallace was not supposed to act as a fact-checker. That proved to be challenging afterabout a wide range of topics, including
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will meet next Wednesday for the only vice presidential debate of the election cycle.
The next presidential debate between Trump and Biden is on Oct. 15 in Miami, and it is currently supposed to be a town hall format. They are scheduled to go head to head in the final presidential debate on Oct. 22 in Nashville.
The week in polls: Trump trails in 10 of 11 swing states, plurality says Biden won 1st debate .
After polls released last week, Biden overtook Trump in Georgia. And his national lead grew to an average of 8.1 percentage points.With all that going on, it's understandable if you missed the flood of polls that are still rolling in on the state of the race between Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.