NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WTNH) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday.
It’s one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing president to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.
There were supposed to be three debates, but the second was canceled after Trump got COVID-19 and then objected to the resulting revised format.
If you remember the only debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, there were so many interruptions we could barely understand anything the candidates said. So, on Thursday night, there will be a mute button.
It is not going to be used a lot, but at the start of each segment, each candidate will be allowed to speak for two minutes with the other candidate’s microphone shut off. After they each speak for two minutes, then they can talk over each other all they want.
Both campaigns were working hard Wednesday in battleground states. Trump in North Carolina, and Barack Obama stumping for his former Vice President in Pennsylvania.
Obama said, “I get that this President wants full credit for the economy he inherited, and zero blame for the pandemic that he ignored…We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores.”
Trump has already publicly criticized both the new rules for the debate and the moderator, saying she is biased against him.
Some Trump advisers are urging him to trade his aggressive demeanor for a lower-key style, hoping Biden will get himself in trouble with verbal gaffes. But it’s hardly clear that the president will listen.
You can watch the last Presidential Debate at 8 p.m. Thursday on News 8.