The final debate between U.S President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will feature a mute button to allow each candidate to speak uninterrupted, the Commission on Presidential Debate has announced Monday.
According to the commission, muting microphone will be featured at the beginning of each 15-minute segment during opening comments. After which time, both mics will be turned on without a mute option anymore to enable the debate flow.
This comes as the first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was filled with a frequently interrupted shouting and calling of names, with Biden at one time saying to the President “shut-up man”.
Thursday’s debate in Nashville was supposed to be the third between Trump and Biden, but the commission scrapped the second after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus and refused to take part in a proposed virtual debate over concern it was going to be used against him.
During the first debate, held in Cleveland which President Trump claimed he defeated his rival, the president interrupted Joe Biden severally as we as Biden interrupted Trump leaving viewers disappointed over what was described by most American as “unprofessional” system of debate.
Trump’s re-election campaign earlier Monday expressed concerns over the possibility of a debate rule change allowing mic feeds to be interrupted but still maintained that Trump will debate Biden despite the change.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement, “President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last-minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide an advantage to their favoured candidate.”