U.S President Trump said he will not allow any changes to presidential debate rules after he easily won Tuesday’s debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Trump’s comments come after the Commission on Presidential Debates said it would be adopting changes to give moderators more control of debates. Which may include the ability to mute the candidates’ microphones.
Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time? Trump tweeted on Thursday.
The commission said it is considering giving the moderators of the next two presidential debates the ability to mute the microphones of both Trump and Biden while the other is speaking.
Moderator, Chris Wallace, had to remind the president several times during the debate that his campaign agreed to the terms which gave each candidate two uninterrupted minutes to answer his questions.
Wallace was interrupted by both Donald Trump and Joe Biden as he attempted to moderate the debate, and Trump regularly attempted to infringe on Biden’s allotted two minutes as well.
Trump interrupted either Biden or Wallace a total of 71 times, according to the Washington Post, compared to Biden’s 22 interruptions.
Trump’s campaign has said that any changes are only being considered because Biden got pummeled during the first debate between the two.
Trump was the dominant force and now Biden is trying to work the refs, Trump campaign director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.
However, there’s no evidence to suggest that Biden’s campaign is trying to get the rules changed.
The candidate’s campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said Biden would participate under whatever set of rules the commission develops to try to contain Trump’s behavior in the next two debates scheduled for October 15 and 22.
President Trump also claimed in a Thursday tweet that he won the first debate big, based on a compilation of polls, etc. Thank you!
However, polls from several major news outlets indicate that the claim is not quite true.
A CNBC Change Research poll conducted after the debate found that 53% of likely voters think Joe Biden did better in the debate, compared with 29% who think Trump did.
The poll also found 45% of people say President Trump performed worse than expected, while only 11% said the same for Joe Biden.
Other polls, like those from CNN & CBS, also found that more people considered Joe Biden to be the winner of Tuesday’s debate.
CNBC’s poll, however, also found that only 2% of people said the debate actually changed who they planned to vote for.