CPD will make changes to format to ‘ensure a more orderly discussion’

Debates commission will make changes to format to 'ensure a more orderly discussion'
Trump interrupted Biden 73 times. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: After the first presidential debate, which turned out very chaotic, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said Wednesday it would be making changes to the format of the remaining presidential debates.

The first debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump devolved into a chaotic disaster in Tuesday night.

A statement from the CPD reads: “The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. 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 did not specify what changes it is going to change, but said it would be “carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

During the contentious 90-minute debate, President Donald Trump frequently interrupted and heckled Joe Biden, ignoring repeated pleas from the debate moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, for Trump to stick to his allotted time. The debate was marked by frequent incoherent cross talk between the candidates, and at one point, an exasperated Biden told the President, “Will you shut up, man?”

The CPD said it was “grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate,” and the commission said that it “intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.”

On Wednesday, Biden said he hopes the CPD will find a way to control the amount of interruptions at future debates and said the way Trump conducted himself at the debate was a “national embarrassment.”

The former VP told CNN: “I just hope there’s a way in which the debate commission can control the ability of us to answer the questions without interruptions.”

Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told reporters Tuesday night that Biden plans to participate in the remaining presidential debates. The next time the nominees are scheduled to face off is on October 15 in Miami.

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