Presidential Debate: Worse Than We Thought


First 2020 presidential debate news coverage and fact check
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Sara Molina – News Writer

The first presidential debate of 2020 took place on Tuesday September 29.  The debate was held in Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  Candidates included Republican Donald Trump, Democratic Joe Biden, with moderator Chris Wallace.

The presidential debate can only be described as painful and chaotic according to several news outlets.  The debates, which were originally set in place to inform the voters on each candidates’ views on the mentioned topic, left people astounded by the fiasco that unfolded.

According to CBS News, the debate consisted of 143 interruptions made by Trump, 73 towards Biden and 70 towards Wallace.  The longest conversation topic was the Corona virus lasting 20 minutes. Biden spoke for a total of 43 minutes and Trump with 38 minutes.

The day after the debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced they will be adding changes that will be implemented for the remaining October 15th and 22nd debates.

“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 will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”*

While it is uncertain what changes will be made, the commission is considering granting moderators the power to shut off a candidate’s microphone when they have violated the rules.

“Why would I allow the debate commission to change the rules for the second and third debates when I easily won last time,” tweeted Trump**.

The New York Times has made it clear that there is no true winner but there is a definite loser: the American people***.

*https://www.debates.org/2020/09/30/cpd-statement-4/

**https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1311731462589292544

***https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/politics/trump-biden-debate.html