Muted microphones, no audience, more

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We’re learning more about how CNN’s debate between President Joe Biden and ex-POTUS and convicted felon Donald Trump will go on June 27.


With only twelve days left to run for president Joseph Biden and ex-reality show host, ex-POTUS who has been repeatedly impeached and convicted felon Donald Trump (most likely) one-on-one during CNNs Jake Tapper And Dana Bash-moderated presidential debate, we actually need to pass on some rules as to how the whole thing will turn out. When the debate kicks off in Atlanta on Thursday, June 27, there will be no studio audience/stacked group of supporters for the respective candidates. Over the course of the 90-minute ‘lovefest’ there will be two commercial breaks (curious as to what the ads are for these) – with the candidates off-limits to their respective staffs during those breaks. Candidates have agreed on a uniform podium (as opposed to bespoke, DIY podiums?) – with their podium positions determined by a coin toss (we’d prefer to have a number of these podium positions). The price is correct‘Showcase Showdown’, in person). Candidates are each given a pen, paper and a bottle of water; everything else (props, notes, etc.) is a big no.

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Now, here it might come Real interesting. The candidates’ microphones will be muted during the debate, except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. You can already see Trump whining after the debate left him with a steaming pile of nothing about how he was “unfairly muted” when he should have been given a chance to respond – Tapper and Bash are already being blamed for something that wasn’t has happened (and will not) happen. In a letter to the candidates, the network noted that Tapper and Bash “will use all means at their disposal to enforce the timing and ensure a civil discussion.” If that is the case – and since the microphones will already be muted – what about real-time fact-checking and calling out the candidates live for their misinformation?

As for which candidates are eligible (given President Biden, Trump, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel WestAnd Jill Stein all play), CNN also detailed the requirements to make it to the stage. First, conform to what is detailed in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution – which is all of them. In addition, each of them would have to file a formal declaration of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission – which they all have done. But what happened to Kennedy Jr. becomes a brutal uphill climb and impossible for West in Stein, is when we get to state votes, election votes and polls:

All participating debaters must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to reach the electoral threshold of 270 votes to win the presidency and receive at least 15% in four separate national polls of registered or likely voters that meet CNN standards for reporting. Polls that meet these standards include those sponsored by CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, Marquette University Law School, Monmouth University, NBC News, The New York Times/Siena College, NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist College, Quinnipiac University, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.


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