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RNC: Presidential Debates Group Needs to Fix 'Intolerable' Situation

Chair McDaniel says if debates aren't made more 'fair,' she'll advise GOP nominees not to take part

(Newser) - The 2024 election is still awhile off, but the Republican National Committee is already making demands regarding that year's presidential debates. On Tuesday, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates saying that big changes are needed for both the format of the debates...

Christie: I Might Challenge Trump in '24

'I would not rule it out'

(Newser) - In President Trump's view, the 2020 election is still not settled. And yet, headlines about a potential 2024 contest already are surfacing. In a Monday interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Chris Christie said he's considering a run in the next presidential election—even if...

Takeaways From the Trump-Biden Clash
Takeaways From the
Trump-Biden Clash

Takeaways From the Trump-Biden Clash

President didn't get a game-changer, analysts say

(Newser) - President Trump and Joe Biden shared a debate stage for the second and final time Thursday night—and it was a far more restrained affair than their first meeting, helped by the introduction of a mute button and widely praised moderating from NBC's Kristen Welker. With far fewer interruptions...

Even Trump Liked This Moderator
Even Trump Liked
This Moderator

Even Trump Liked This Moderator

Kristen Welker is getting overwhelmingly positive reviews

(Newser) - President Trump slammed Kristen Welker more than once in the lead-up to Thursday's debate, which she moderated. But once she started actually moderating, he ended up being among those giving her positive reviews. "By the way, so far I respect very much the way you’re handling this,...

Some Notable Lines From Final Debate

Biden promises to bring 'BidenCare'

(Newser) - The second presidential debate was a marked changed from the first one, with few interruptions as the candidates covered a range of topics, including COVID and corruption . Late in the forum, President Trump sought to score points on energy by asking Joe Biden if he would shut down the oil...

Trump Tests New Nickname for Biden
Trump Tests New
Nickname for Biden

Trump Tests New Nickname for Biden

Calls rival 'the big man' while alleging unethical business deals

(Newser) - President Trump again pressed his case during Thursday night's debate that Joe and Hunter Biden acted unethically in regard to Hunter's business dealings. At one point, he referred to the elder Biden as "the big man" and suggested that he has orchestrated global deals that were enriching...

Trump Brings Notable Special Guest to Debate

He invites Hunter Biden's former business partner to final showdown

(Newser) - The second and final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden is underway, this time with one big rule change : A candidate's mic can be muted to ensure his rival can speak. In the first half hour, however, the tone has been civil relative to the first debate.
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What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate
What to Expect in the
Final Presidential Debate

What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Allies hope for new tone from Trump

(Newser) - After a chaotic first debate and a second one that was replaced by dueling town halls, President Trump and Joe Biden will meet for a final debate in Nashville Thursday night. Under a rule change , each candidate's mic will be muted for the first two minutes their rival speaks...

Trump Doesn't Like Debate Rule, but He'll Participate

Candidates' microphones will be muted at times, to prevent interruptions

(Newser) - President Trump won't be able to interrupt Joe Biden this time around—at least, not for the first two minutes of each of the six debate segments Thursday night. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has changed its rules so that each candidate will get those two minutes of...

Trump Getting Very Specific Advice for Upcoming Debate

Advisers want him to let Joe Biden speak more

(Newser) - The final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden takes place Thursday night, and the president's team suggests viewers will see a different tone from him. The key part of the plan is for Trump to interrupt Joe Biden less often , reports Politico . "I do think that President...

A Lot of People Had Same Thought on Those Town Halls
A Lot of People Had Same
Thought on Those Town Halls
the rundown

A Lot of People Had Same Thought on Those Town Halls

They were 'like a choose-your-own-ending book,' says one analysis

(Newser) - Thursday's night presidential town halls were very different from each other, and a similar theme has emerged in the political post-mortems. What was originally supposed to be a face-to-face debate "morphed into a long-distance study in contrasts," write Alexander Burns and Katie Glueck at the New York ...

Trump, Biden Ready for Rare, Simultaneous Town Halls

Trump is on NBC, Biden on ABC

(Newser) - Thursday night was supposed to be the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, but those plans got scrapped after the president's COVID diagnosis. Instead, the nation gets the unusual spectacle of simultaneous town halls on different networks:
  • Biden: His town hall begins at 8pm ET on ABC

Biden, Trump to Hold Dueling Town Halls

NBC News announces it will host the president's event, prompting instant online backlash

(Newser) - After it was announced that the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, originally set for Thursday, was canceled due to Trump refusing a virtual format, Biden decided to do his own town hall that night in Philly instead, to air on ABC News. Now, NBC News reports that...

Commission: We're Moving Straight to Debate No. 3

2nd debate between Trump and Biden nixed after Trump refuses virtual format

(Newser) - First came the decision to make the second debate virtual between President Trump and former VP Joe Biden. Now, an update: There's won't be a debate at all. Per CNN , the Commission on Presidential Debates has nixed the debate scheduled for Oct. 15 after Trump said he wouldn'...

Trump's Debate Boycott Baffles Republicans
Trump's Debate Boycott
Could Backfire, GOP Fears

Trump's Debate Boycott Could Backfire, GOP Fears

He needs debate more than Biden does, analysts say

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to boycott the second presidential debate with Joe Biden because it was to be held virtually has flummoxed Republican strategists, who say that with Trump behind in the polls, he's the one who needs a game-changing moment. "While an online debate is clearly problematic,...

Wallace: Trump 'Put His Foot' in My 'Delicious Cake'

'I had baked this beautiful, delicious cake and frankly, the president put his foot in it'

(Newser) - Chris Wallace says that when President Trump first engaged with Joe Biden in Tuesday night's debate, he was pleased because he "thought we were gonna have a real debate here." He was less thrilled over the next 94 minutes of the chaotic debate, during which he says...

Weird Al Sums Up Debate in 'America Is Doomed'
Weird Al Sums Up
Debate as Only He Can

Weird Al Sums Up Debate as Only He Can

Yankovic 'moderates' first debate between Trump and Biden

(Newser) - There's perhaps no one better to sum up the first presidential debate of 2020 than Weird Al Yankovic. And that's what he does to hilarious effect in a new video for the New York Times titled "America Is Doomed." It features the catchy refrain, "Who'...

Chris Wallace Does Some 'Soul-Searching'

The 'Fox News Sunday' anchor talks about moderating the presidential debate

(Newser) - It's "soul-searching" time for Chris Wallace. The Fox News Sunday anchor admits he struggled to moderate last night's presidential debate—a contentious affair that one pundit called "two old men shouting at each other"—but he isn't apologizing or taking all the blame. "...

Trump Backtracks on the Proud Boys in a Big Way

'I don't know who the proud boys are'

(Newser) - President Trump drew a blank on the Proud Boys less than 24 hours after appearing to support them on national television, the Hill reports. "I don't know who the Proud Boys are. You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they...

After Cleveland Chaos, Debate Commission Is Making Changes

Biden campaign managers says he's going to show up in Miami, Nashville

(Newser) - After the chaos in Cleveland Tuesday night, some Democrats have been calling for Joe Biden to skip the next two debates with President Trump, who ignored moderator Chris Wallace's pleas to stick to the agreed-upon rules and stop interrupting his opponent. But Biden's campaign says he's definitely...

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