Tim Barlow
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  • Donald Trump plans to attend the debate despite criticism of the rule change by his campaign.
  • The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments.
  • The only candidate whose microphone will be opened during these periods of two minutes is the candidate who has the word according to the rules

When Donald Trump and Joe Biden meet on Thursday, each candidate will have their microphones cut off while the other is delivering answers to questions. President Trump plans to attend the debate despite criticism of the rule change by his campaign. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien tells Trump

He pledges to discuss Joe Biden regardless of last-minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to the their favored candidate.

The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate given two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate. On Monday, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced that “in order to enforce this agreed rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be opened during these periods of two minutes is the candidate who has the word according to the rules”. The commission added in a statement: “We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today. One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. 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 rule change came after a chaotic first debate on September 30 during which the presidential candidates constantly spoke over each other. Trump repeatedly interrupted and attacked his Democratic rival. The debate rule change is likely to anger Trump. Republicans and Trump have been critical of the CPD for canceling the second debate. The CPD did so due to safety concerns after Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19. And earlier on Monday the Trump campaign contested some of the questions that the debate moderator, NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, had chosen for the debate. At a recent rally, Trump lamented that Welker is “extremely unfair”. He also tweeted, “She has always been terrible and unfair, just like most Fake News reporters, but I still play the game”.

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