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The first debate between Biden and Trump will not feature opening statements in what will be a stricter forum compared to 2020

  • CNN and The New York Times previewed how Biden and Trump could face off in their first debate.

  • According to CNN, pre-written statements or props are not allowed on stage.

  • The first debate will be much more structured and less chaotic than in the past.

In 2020, the first presidential debate between then-President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden degenerated into a political rancor filled with insults. Trump largely ignored the intended format of the debate by continually interrupting Biden.

During the debate, then-Fox News host Chris Wallace, a journalist with decades of experience, struggled to contain Trump’s behavior toward Biden during the two candidates’ bitter interactions.

But the 2024 election debates between Biden and Trump will be much more structured and less chaotic.

CNN, which will host the first debate on June 27 in Atlanta, reported on several key rules agreed to by the Biden and Trump campaigns ahead of the event: staffers are not allowed to consult with the candidates during two breaks set aside for the A debate of 90 minutes. No pre-written statements or props are allowed on stage. And the microphones will be muted for both Biden and Trump when the opposing candidate is speaking.

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The New York Times also reported that Biden and Trump will forego opening statements, which are usually a hallmark of debates when candidates try to set the tone for their performances. Flashing red lights indicate to both men that there are five seconds left to speak during their respective responses.

According to The Times, CNN’s debate rules contain a blunt warning: “Moderators will use any means at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure civil discussion.”

The network’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will co-host the debate.

Biden and Trump are locked in a highly competitive rematch. The election could come down to a handful of votes in swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The president nearly swept the 2020 battleground states — with the notable exception of North Carolina — but he faces much bigger headwinds this year as voters continue to express concerns about the economy and the war between Israel and Hamas.

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For Biden, a strong debate performance can only strengthen his case for re-election, especially among young and minority voters who are noncommittal about his candidacy and may include Trump or independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to consider.

While the 81-year-old Biden has made efforts to address and move beyond questions about his age, it has concerned many voters — and Trump has sought to cast doubt on Biden’s overall suitability for the presidency.

The debate will also take place just a few weeks before Trump, 78, is scheduled to face sentencing in Manhattan. A jury convicted the former president in May of 34 felonies for falsifying business records to conceal a 2016 hush money payment to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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