Biden And Trump Agree To Unique Debate Rules

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( – Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden’s campaigns have agreed to CNN’s debate rules.

With the first Presidential debate in the 2024 election cycle approaching, CNN confirmed on Sunday that Biden and Trump’s campaign had agreed to the new debate rules.

The first debate will be hosted by CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper on June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to CNN, both candidates had agreed to appear at a uniform podium, with their podium positions being determined by coin flip.

The candidates’ microphones will be muted during the debate except when it’s their turn to speak. Furthermore, Bash and Tapper will have access to “tools… to enforce timing” and guarantee the discussion remains civil.

The network also revealed that the 90-minute debate would include two commercial breaks. However, campaign staff would not be allowed to interact with their candidate during the break.

Candidates also won’t be allowed to bring prewritten notes on stage and will, instead, be supplied with water, a pen, and a pad of paper.

CNN also confirmed that — unlike previous debates — there wouldn’t be a studio audience.

In May, Trump and Biden agreed to debate twice before November’s Presidential election, the first time the pair would do so since 2020.

Trump chose not to participate in debates in the GOP primary debates, choosing to focus on campaigning instead.

Despite the June debate being historically early, it was suggested by the Biden campaign because the President would have returned from international engagements and the former President’s hush money trial would have concluded. 

ABC will host the second debate on September 10.

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