WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate commission adopts new rules to mute microphones to allow Trump, Biden 2 minutes of uninterrupted time per segment. (Then mikes turn back on & candidates have at it.)
Trump will no doubt replicate his gish gallop attacks during the debate trying to force Biden into a stutter as well as introducing disinformation items. In the latter part of the first debate, Trump tried furiously in one barrage, to introduce a number of topics that were subsequently coordinated with the attempt to smear Hunter Biden by the NY Post.
Trump might still pull out? Or is the insistence on foreign policy a cover for some international stunt like a Russian incursion into Ukraine or my personal favorite, a 9/11-type attack on the Trump Towers in Istanbul. If they’re still following the Hunter Biden line of attack, they’re going to fail miserably, since they’ve already blown much of the premise with the whole laptop fiasco.
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The Trump campaign is demanding that the Commission on Presidential Debates adjust the topics for the final presidential debate so that the meeting focuses on foreign policy.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien penned a letter to the commission Monday raising objections with the topics announced by moderator and NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker last week, saying the commission should observe “long-standing custom” by making foreign policy the central focus of Thursday’s debate. Stepien also claimed the campaigns had agreed to the third debate being focused on foreign policy.
“As is the long-standing custom, and as has been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate. We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,” Stepien wrote.
Stepien accused Democratic nominee Joe Biden of being “desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record” and said the commission was trying to alter the course of the final debate in order to “insulate Biden from his own history.”
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