NEW emergency rules are being introduced to prevent the next presidential debate being such a car crash.
Tuesday night's head-to-head between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was widely seen as a disaster with constant interruptions and insults on both sides.
To prevent this happening in the two remaining clashes, the commission that oversees US presidential debates says it will axe the current format and bring in new measures to help the debate flow.
One measure is expected to be cutting the microphone is one of the candidates tries to interrupt the other – something President Trump's team has already criticized.
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MICROPHONES COULD BE CUT TO STOP INTERRUPTIONS IN SECOND DEBATE
The microphones worn by the two candidates in the remaining presidential debates could be cut if they interrupt one another, reports say.
The measure is one of a number reportedly being considered following criticism of the quality of the first debate.
The conversation on Tuesday frequently descended into crosstalk and name-calling.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said the night “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”.
The Commission will reportedly be drawing up new guidelines in cooperation with the two campaigns over the next 48 hours.
DEBATE A 'GREAT MOMENT', SAYS PROUD BOYS LEADER
The leader of the Proud Boys has said it was a “great moment” when the group was mentioned during Tuesday's presidential debate.
President Trump was invited to condemn the group during a conversation about white supremacy, responding: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
Speaking to Sky News, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio denied the group was racist.
“I'm a 'person of colour', I'm a brown person, I'm chairman of the organisation [and] I got voted in,” he said.
“I think it was a great moment that we were mentioned on stage.”
POPE DECLINES POMPEO MEETING AHEAD OF ELECTION
Pope Francis declined to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week because he does not want to become involved in the US election, Vatican officials have said.
Pompeo is on a four-day visit to Italy this week to hold a series of talks with government ministers.
In an article published last month, Pompeo also criticised the Catholic Church over the planned renewal of a two-year pact with China concerning the appointment of bishops.
Pompeo said that religious freedom was “under assault” in China and that the deal jeopardised the “moral authority” of the Church.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pope wouldn't meet with Pompeo because he does not receive political figures during election periods.
FACEBOOK WON'T ALLOW POLITICAL ADS THAT 'SEEK TO DELEGITIMIZE' ELECTION
Tech giant Facebook announced that it will not allow ads that “seek to delegitimize” the election, amid a crackdown announced last week.
Rod Leathern, Product Manager at Facebook, revealed the policy on Twitter.
“Last week we said we’d prohibit ads that make premature declarations of victory. We also won’t allow ads with content that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of an election,” Leathern tweeted.
He added in another tweet: “For example, this would include calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the result of an election.”
Leathern added that the policy is “effective immediately” across Facebook and Twitter.
TWITTER SHUT DOWN OVER 100 IRANIAN ACCOUNTS TRYING TO 'DISRUPT' DEBATE
Twitter announced on Wednesday that they shut down around 130 accounts that had tried to “disrupt” Tuesday night's presidential debate.
“Based on intel provided by the @FBI, last night we removed approximately 130 accounts that appeared to originate in Iran,” Twitter safety said in a tweet.
Twitter said the accounts were trying “to disrupt the public conversation” during the presidential debate.
“We identified these accounts quickly, removed them from Twitter, and shared full details with our peers, as standard,” Twitter wrote.
“They had very low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation.”
VOTING MACHINE CONTROLS STOLEN IN PHILLY
Voting machine USB controls and an employee laptop were stolen this week, the Philadelphia City Commissioners office confirmed to KYW-TV.
Officials have said that the stolen USB drives are encrypted to prevent tampering, and that the laptop is not used to program or interact with the flash drives.
The theft came days after a small number of pro-Trump ballots were found trashed in the same state.
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DEBATE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES CHANGES AMID TUESDAY CHAOS
The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced it will be making changes “to ensure a more orderly discussion” amid chaos on Tuesday night.
“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the CPD said in a statement.
The Commission added that it “will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”
“The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates,” the CPD added.
BIDEN SAYS AMERICANS 'SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BEG' TRUMP TO CONDEMN WHITE SUPREMACY
Joe Biden said Americans “shouldn't have to beg” President Trump to condemn white supremacy in a tweet on Wednesday.
“White supremacy has no place in America,” Biden tweeted.
“We shouldn’t have to beg the President of the United States to say that,” he added.
Biden's comment came after Trump shifted focus to left-wing groups and Antifa when asked if he would condemn white supremacy during the Tuesday debate.
SENIOR TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER STEPS DOWN
Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to President Trump's reelection campaign, has stepped down.
In a statement to Politico, Parscale confirmed he is stepping down from his role – just weeks after he was demoted from his former role as campaign manager in July.
“I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress,” Parscale said in the statement to Politico.
Parscale's departure came after he was involuntarily detained by police over the weekend.
His wife Candice had claimed that he made suicidal comments and physically abused her, according to a police report obtained by Politico.
Candice later denied in a statement that her husband physically abused her, Politico reported.
TRUMP TO HOLD LARGE WISCONSIN RALLIES DESPITE WH COVID TASK FORCE WARNINGS
President Trump is slated to hold large rallies across Wisconsin this weekend – despite social distance warnings from the White House coronavirus task force, The Washington Post reports.
Trump's own task force called for social distancing “to the maximal degree possible,” as parts of the state where the rallies are set to be held are in “red zones,” according to documents viewed by The Post.
The “red zones” indicate areas with high community spread of COVID-19.
Trump on Tuesday night defended holding rallies with tens of thousands of people, saying because they're held outside that there is less risk of coronavirus spread.
TRUMP DENIES KNOWING WHO THE PROUD BOYS ARE
President Donald Trump has said he “doesn't know who the Proud Boys are” a day after telling them to “stand back and stand by” during the first presidential debate.
On Wednesday, the president told the press that he has “always denounced” white supremacy, before claiming that he doesn't know the right-wing militant group.
“I don't know who the Proud Boys are,” Trump said. “You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work”
Trump also called out Democratic candidate Joe Biden for not talking about Antifa, according to the Daily Mail.
“Now, Antifa is a real problem,” he said. “Because the problem is on the left. And Biden refuses to talk about it. He refuses to issue the word 'Law and order.' You saw that last night when he choked up.”
The president's comments come less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate where he called on the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” when asked to denounce white supremacy.
The Proud Boys is a white nationalist hate group that was founded in 2016.
AMERICANS GOOGLED 'HOW TO MOVE TO CANADA' AFTER DEBATE
Google reported a spike in Americans searching “How to apply for Canadian citizenship” in the hour after the debate.
Searches initially peaked about an hour into the debate.
The most popular area for search was in Massachusetts, followed by Washington and Michigan.
This is not a surprise however, every election Google sees a swath of voters looking at potentially moving to Canada.
BIDEN CALLS TRUMP 'OBNOXIOUS'
Biden, who branded Trump “a clown” tweeted: “Ignore the polls, ignore his tweets, ignore his obnoxious debate performance.We have to stay focused. We have to win.”
This came an hour after he touched down in Greensburg, saving to cheering crowds.
TRUMP BOASTS TV RATINGS AND 'SAVING MINNEAPOLIS'
In his latest tweet, Trump wrote: “Just landed in Minnesota. Hasn’t been won by a Republican since 1972, and we saved Minneapolis.
“Also opened the massive and beautiful Iron Range, which Obama and Sleepy Joe closed. Thousands of jobs started back. They will close again. How can we lose?”
This comes after he took a swipe at the world media, writing: “HIGHEST CABLE TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. SECOND HIGHEST OVERALL TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. Some day these Fake Media Companies are going to miss me, very badly!!”
BIDEN'S QUOTES TO TRUMP
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden fired back at Donald Trump during the duo's first debate – and delivered an epic now-viral demand to 'shut up'. Here's some of Biden's best quotes:
His rival's record: “You’re the worst president America has ever had.”
Supreme Court: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”
Covid-19: “You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and the golf course… and fund what needs to be done now to save lives.”
The economy: “Trump will be the first (president) in American history to lose jobs during his presidency.”
Race and violence in cities: “This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division.”
Integrity of the election: “If we get the votes, he's going to go. He can't stay in power.”
PICTURED: BIDEN TROLLS TRUMP ON TWITTER
DON LEMON SUGGESTS TRUMP WAS 'ON' SOMETHING
Don Lemon suggested on Wednesday morning that President Donald Trump was "on" something during the 2020 presidential debate.
The CNN host compared Trump's Tuesday night debate performance to a kid “whose doctor had prescribed him too much Adderall.”
Lemon revealed his thoughts to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo as he discussed the "trainwreck" debate between Trump and Joe Biden – which consisted of constant bickering and interrupting.
He said: “I felt like I was watching a kid whose doctor had prescribed him too much Adderall.
“Am I wrong? That’s how I feel because he was overly aggressive.
“It’s like he was hopped up on, I don’t know what was going on.”
DEAL ON STIMULUS CHECKS COULD BE REACHED TODAY
A deal on $1,200 stimulus checks “could be reached today” as the White House and Nancy Pelosi schedule a dramatic Capitol Hill meeting.
The House Speaker is meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at 12.45 on Wednesday – the same day that the payroll support program expires.
Mnuchin will be presenting Pelosi with the administration's coronavirus relief counter-proposal.
The update comes just two days after the pair spoke about the looming economic relief legislation that would get Americans another round of $1,200 checks.
BETTE MIDLER CALLED TRUMP 'A PIG'
Bette Midler called President Donald Trump “a pig” and mocked his “$70,000 haircut” in a wild rant during Tuesday's presidential debate against Joe Biden.
The 74-year-old singer's complaints came during the “s**tshow debate” between Democratic nominee Biden and President Trump in Cleveland, Ohio.
The fiery 90-minute event featured ugly exchanges between the two candidates, where the president often spoke over Biden and even clashed with moderator Chris Wallace.
Biden also repeatedly insulted President Trump.
The heated debate prompted Midler – a longtime vocal critic of the Trump – to share her thoughts on social media.
The singer wrote: “I would have done a mic drop and walked off.
“Trump is a pig.”
KELLYANNE CONWAY HITS OUT AT BIDEN
Kellyanne Conway has blasted Joe Biden after he claimed during the presidential debate she said violence and chaos help Trump.
The president’s former campaign manager said the Democratic candidate “lied” and added “don’t sniff my hair” – in reference to accusations about inappropriate behavior made about him.
Conway served as the president’s counsellor and was a trusted adviser before she quit last month – though she has been helping Trump prepare for the debates.
During last night’s acrimonious debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Biden referenced comments made by Conway about the violence that has gripped America since the death of George Floyd.
“His own former spokesperson said, you know, riots, chaos and violence help us and violence help his cause.
That's what this is all about,” Biden said.
Trump questioned who exactly Biden was quoting, to which the Democratic contender replied, “Kellyanne
But Trump denied that his former aide had made the comments saying: “I don't think she said that.”
HUNTER BIDEN'S DAUGHTER 'WANTED TO SLAP TRUMP'
Hunter Biden’s daughter said she would have slapped Trump during the debate as she blasted the president for attacking the Biden family.
Naomi Biden issued a stinging attack on her grandfather's Republican rival on Twitter after Joe Biden battled it out with Trump on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old issued a running commentary during the "train wreck" debate in Cleveland, Ohio, last night.
It rapidly descended into mudslinging and personal insults as Trump targeted the Biden family, namely Hunter, 50.
The president slammed Hunter's foreign business deals in one of dozens of heated exchanges.
Biden vehemently defended his son and said Trump was lying during their first presidential debate.
Trump painted Biden as incompetent, claiming he “could never have done the job that we did, you don't have it in your blood.”
WHO ARE THE PROUD BOYS?
The Proud Boys are a white nationalist hate group that was founded four years ago.
The alt-right organization was launched in New York City in 2016 and has been classified as a hate group by the
Southern Poverty Law Center.
They have appeared alongside other alt-right groups at extremist gatherings, including the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018 that left counter-protester Heather Heyer dead and 19 others injured.
During the TV presidential debate, Donald Trump refused to denounce white supremacists.
Instead, he appeared to tell the Proud Boys, to “stand down and stand by”.
However, political commentators point out, “stand by” for what wasn't made clear.
WHEN ARE THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES?
In about a fortnight's time, the second presidential debate will take place on October 15, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
The third presidential debate is scheduled for October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
And a vice presidential debate between Democrat Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet on October 7 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
November 3 is Election Day.
DEBATE A FAILURE ALL ROUND
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden clashed in an ugly 90-minute war of words during their fiery first presidential debate on Tuesday.
Or, as David Graham writes in a blistering opinion piece in The Atlantic: “Trump lied repeatedly, refused to condemn racist groups even after explicitly offering to do so, and sought to undermine trust in the election.
“Biden meandered through his positions, only occasionally finishing a sentence.
“Moderator Chris Wallace lost control within minutes and never regained it.
“The three septuagenarians onstage were speaking over one another within minutes.
“Trump interrupted Biden; Biden interrupted Trump; Wallace tried to interrupt both.”
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