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Commission on Presidential Debates Promises To Change Structure And Format Of Future Debates Amid Backlash

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to re-structure the events going forward after backlash over the chaos and verbal sparring of Tuesday night’s debate.

The organization sets the procedures for presidential debates, and works with campaigns to determine the rules and topics of each of the general election debates. The organization said that after Tuesday night, the format for the second two debates would need further consideration. The organization said in a statement: “The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

President Donald Trump frequently interrupted and spoke over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who at one point told the president to “shut up.” 

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