Commission to make changes in wake of 1st debate

Henrietta Strickland
October 1, 2020

The group that manages United States presidential election debates said on Wednesday it would take steps to bring order to the final two contests between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, following widespread criticism of their first encounter.

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland - which hosted Tuesday's debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden - has opened up a virtual "Presidential Debate Support Space" through the college's counseling center so students can share their feelings about "national events" in a "safe space".

The nonpartisan commission has organized every general election presidential debate since 1988.

The commission said on Wednesday the first meeting "made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues".

On Wednesday, democratic candidate Mr Biden said he backed ideas to turn off the microphone of the candidate who is not speaking.

"Ask him, too", Mr Trump said, referring to Mr Biden.

He added, "I don't think anybody should feel assured by either one of their performances last night, and they've got work to do when both of them get back on the state for the next debate".

Mr Wallace, a Fox News anchor, repeatedly appealed to the two candidates for a more orderly discussion.

The first hourlong session was scheduled Monday, a day prior to the presidential debate.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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