Debate Commission Co-Chair Defends Muting Mics: We’re Not Making a New Rule, We’re Enforcing What Campaigns Already Agreed to

The Trump campaign publicly criticized the Commission on Presidential Debates over its announcement that at the final debate, President Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s mics would be muted during each other’s opening two-minute answers on topics.

Debate commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf spoke with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio Tuesday to defend the decision.

“It’s not a new rule,” he said. “The campaigns agreed early on, going back to June of this year when we announced what the formats were going to be for the… debates. And they both agreed to live with it. It provides, very clearly, that the first four minutes on each of the six segments — each candidate gets to speak for two minutes without interruption.
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