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While one participant speaks, the other’s microphone will be muted
President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden will debate a mute button that will allow each of them to speak without fear of interruptions from their opponent.
This was reported by the organizers of the debate, believing that the innovation will avoid the disruptions that marred the first debate of the candidates..
The Presidential Debate Commission announced that during the two-minute speeches of candidates at the beginning of each 15-minute segment, the opponent’s microphone will be muted.
After that, both microphones will be turned on for the opportunity to exchange remarks during the discussion..
Trump’s staff spoke out against these changes, but said that the president would still take part in the debate.
“President Trump is committed to engaging in debate with Joe Biden, despite last-minute changes in yet another attempt to secure the advantage of their preferred candidate,” said chief of staff Bill Stepin..
Biden’s headquarters did not respond to a request for comment on recent events.