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No More Trump Interruptions: Debate Commission Adds Option To Mute Mics

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  • Tip Bones

After an eventful and chaotic first US presidential debate leading up to the presidential election, the Commission of Presidential Debates (CPD) has allowed future moderators to cut candidates' mics during the debate in order to keep each speaker within their designated time. The decision came in response to complaints about the unruly discussion during Tuesday's debate, CBS News reported.

The CPD released the following in a statement: "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 will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly." 

The debate featured constant interruptions from the President's end during the allocated time for Joe Biden to speak, forcing the moderator Chris Wallace to call out the President."Mr. President, your campaign agreed that both sides would get 2 minute answers, uninterrupted. Your side agreed to it and why don't you observe what your campaign agreed to as a ground rule," he said. 

Wallace was heavily criticized and blamed for handling the situation as he did, while most of the interruption came from the president with no way of backing him down. 

"Oh my God. Chris Wallace has totally lost control of this thing. He’s allowing Trump to behave like schoolyard bully, completely disrespecting the millions of Americans who tuned-in hoping to see a debate of ideas, and a plan to move America forward," tweeted out political commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas. 

Others feel that Wallace did the best he could given the situation. "People are hating on Chris Wallace but I think there was no way to moderate this debate effectively," tweeted out journalist Josh Barro.