Debate Commission should apologize for incompetence & bias & then resign and disband. – Gov. Mike Huckabee, 10/18/20
FoxNews.com reports that
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will mute President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden during the two-minute response times allotted to their opponents for commenting on topics during Thursday’s debate in Nashville.
The commission said in a statement that it “had determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed-upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules.”
Also included in the debate will be an open discussion forum that won’t include the mute option. Thursday’s debate will consist of six 15-minute segments, totaling 90 minutes in all as in the first debate.
Trump’s and Biden’s initial debate was widely panned as both candidates faced backlash for their behavior. The two candidates skipped the second presidential debate after Trump was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and declined to participate in a virtual format.
Announced on Monday, the new rule drew scrutiny from the Trump campaign, which urged the commission earlier in the day to include more discussion of foreign policy in the next debate.
“President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate,” read a statement from campaign manager Bill Stepien
In a letter, Stepien had accused the commission of adding to a broader pattern of “pro-Biden antics” with its choice of topics. The upcoming debate topics included fighting COVID-19, American families, national security, leadership, climate change, and race in America.
The commission did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The Biden campaign responded to Stepien’s letter by suggesting that he was lying.
“The campaigns and the Commission agreed months ago that the debate moderator would choose the topics,” National Press Secretary TJ Ducklo said in a statement provided to Fox News.
“The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response. As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs.”
But Ali Pardo, Deputy Communications Director for the Trump campaign, told Fox News that “[o]ver the past several months, the CPD [Commission on Presidential Debates] verbally confirmed on multiple occasions that the third debate would have a foreign policy focus.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., previously suggested a “mute button” would be necessary for another debate to take place.
“Maybe we should give the moderator a mute button, given how President Trump just interrupts at will,” Schumer said a day after the first debate. “And the bottom line is Donald Trump doesn’t follow the rules [and] the commission has got to get a lot tougher.”
But his counterpart in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., argued a mute button gave the moderator too much power.
“If you are going to run for the free leader of this world we want to hear what you have to say, but now we’re going to allow one person to moderate it to determine what the American people can hear from our candidates?” he previously said on “Fox & Friends.”
The Debate Moderator, Kristen Welker, 44, has been the White House correspondent at NBC News since 2011, after working as a news reporter in Rhode Island.
She comes from an established and wealthy Democrat family who has generously donated to the party’s candidates including $3,300 for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and $2,100 for Hillary Clinton’s doomed 2016 presidential effort against Trump. Another $7,300 was contributed to the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2020.
She and her family are so involved in the Democratic Party that in 2012, they celebrated Christmas at the White House with the Obamas.
In March 2016, Welker was caught on live television tipping off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she planned to ask her during a post-debate interview in Michigan. At the time,Clinton was locked in a hard-fought battle against for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
So, would YOU consider her to be an “unbiased moderator”?
Then, why was she chosen to moderate the final debate by a supposedly nonpartisan Debate Commission?
And, why has she been given the power to mute the President of the United States of America, who happens to be a member of a political party which she has opposed all of her life?
This is the third clearly biased debate moderator which the committee has intentionally chosen.
Like the first two, the interference of the moderator in this final de4bate will strike a sour note with average Americans who are watching the debate.
And, as I anticipate her doing, she intentionally mutes the President when he attempts to ask Joe about his and Hunter’s use of his political power to make themselves rich at the expense of our Sovereign Nation, there will be a tremendous backlash which will force the Main Stream Media to actually cover the “Biden Crime Family” Scandal.
The National Election Polls are tightening right now, just as they did in 2016.
If Trump is able to actually ask Sleepy Joe about the felonious activities which he and his son have participated in, and get Biden to stammer and to lose his cool, not only will the MSM have to pay attention as I mentioned above, the entire nation will.
And then, there truly will be a Red Tsunami on November 3rd.
Until He Comes,