Trump, Biden meet in final presidential debate before Election Day

Remigio Civitarese
Октября 23, 2020

The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules.

"President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased Commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favoured candidate", he said in a statement. The initial matchup between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was widely panned as a shouty debacle, then three days later we learned the president had tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump pulled out of what was supposed to be the second debate with Biden, scheduled for October 15, after the commission decided it would be conducted virtually because of the president's Covid-19 diagnosis on October 1.

Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, confirmed that Trump would attend the final debate despite the changes.

On Friday, the debate moderator, NBC News' Kristen Welker, announced the debate topics would be fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Even this sparked complaints from the Trump campaign, which said there should be more discussion of foreign policy.

The decision was taken by the organizers of the final debate and aims to avoid the interruptions that hindered the first confrontation. Biden's campaign said that both sides previously agreed to let moderators choose the subjects.

President Trump and Joseph R. Biden will be muted as the other candidate delivers an opening statement for each of the six 15-minute segments at Thursday's debate in Nashville, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

Microphones will not be muted during the open discussion segments, but any interruptions by either candidate will count toward their time.

Watch special coverage of the first presidential debate in the player above.

The Trump campaign had petitioned the commission earlier Monday to add foreign policy as one of the scheduled six topics, saying Mr. Biden should face questions on new reports tied to his son Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings. And according to advisers who spoke with Politico, he does not intend to do so on Thursday night, instead keeping his sights on the economy and the pandemic.

Trump meanwhile insisted that he would go through with the debate, in spite of what he claims are "very unfair" circumstances.

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