New rules to be introduced for next Trump-Biden debate.
The group managing the US presidential election debates is planning steps to bring order to the remaining contests between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden after widespread criticism.
The 90-minute debate on Tuesday night was chaotic, marred by the Republican president's constant interjections and interruptions of both his Democratic rival and the host, as well as Biden's angry rejoinders.
The Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan group that has organised the events since 1988, said it would make unspecified changes to the format to prevent chaos.
“Chris had a very tough night,” Trump tweeted of the debate moderator.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) September 30, 2020
The Commission on Presidential Debates vows to set new rules to keep the debates under some semblance of control after Pres. Trump went off the rails in the first clash with Joe Biden.https://t.co/V3tuW5wJFS
One of the biggest controversies from the debate was Trump deflecting an opportunity to condemn white supremacists, instead telling alt-right group Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by," which was seen by many as a dog whistle to the group, not a condemnation.
"It was a national embarrassment," Biden said of the debate and Trump's performance.
The candidates for vice president will debate next Wednesday, followed by two more presidential debates between Trump and Biden later in October.
Ardern fires up in explosive NZ debate.
Jacinda Ardern has ditched the passive approach used in the first New Zealand leader's debate, making for explosive television in round two against her rival for the prime ministership, Judith Collins.
In the second of four national debates leading to the October 17 vote, Collins again brought a combative approach that at times unsettled Ardern.