The TV duel in the US presidential campaign got pretty out of hand. Even veteran moderator, Chris Wallace, couldn’t create a meaningful debate. Now there should be new rules.
American presenter Chris Wallace has expressed his frustration about the chaotic course of the first television game between President Donald Trump and his election challenger Joe Biden. He was “just sad” about how the debate was going, the presenter of conservative broadcaster Fox News told the New York Times on Wednesday. He never thought the debate would derail this way.
Moderator Overwhelmed By Trump
Trump had broken the rules of the debate and interrupted Biden repeatedly. The speech duel was therefore extremely chaotic and violent. The former vice president responded with fierce counterattacks and once called on the president to “shut up”. Wallace failed to stop Trump.
“I’m a professional. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said the moderator, reflecting on the debate. Trump was widely expected to attack his opponent harshly and with personal insults. But Wallace said he didn’t expect the president to do this during the debate. He did not realize in advance that these attacks would be the president’s strategy, not just for the start of the speech duel “but for the entire debate,” admitted the moderator.
The Commission wants to adopt new rules
The committee responsible for organizing the presidential debates announced changes to the rules for the next speech duels. “Last night’s debate made it clear that additional structure needs to be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” said the Commission.
Biden called Trump’s performance in Wednesday’s television debate a “national embarrassment.” The opposition Democrats’ presidential candidate still wants to participate in the remaining two TV duels with the president, Biden’s campaign team announced. Some Democrats and media commentators had called on Biden to boycott further television debates.
Trump: “easily won by any standard”
Trump also announced that he wanted to participate. The president declared himself the winner of the first debate. He said he “won easily by any measure”. According to data analysis company Nielsen, the debate was watched by 73 million people.
The two remaining TV matches between Trump and Biden are scheduled for October 15-22. The TV debate of vice-president candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will take place next Wednesday. The election will take place on November 3.