After the announcement of the final US presidential debate, the Trump team was very dissatisfied.
On October 19, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien wrote a “letter of protest” to the US Presidential Debate Committee, not only requesting adjustments to the final debate but also complaining that the committee favored Biden, calling him “Biden Debate Committee”.
Stepien believes that the final debate should focus on the topic of “foreign policy”, and said that the Biden team and the Trump team had reached a consensus on this topic several months ago.
It is worth mentioning that the US media reported that the US Presidential Debate Committee has announced a plan to implement the “close the microphone” method in the final debate.
Our letter to the BDC (Biden Debate Commission) pic.twitter.com/ZsY5JfMbT7
— BillStepien (@BillStepien) October 19, 2020
Stepien stated in the letter that the debates announced by the committee on the 16th include “fighting against the new coronavirus”, “American family”, “American race”, “climate change”, “national security”, and “leadership” are serious and worthwhile. Discussed, but few of them involve foreign policy. He believes that these final debate issues have almost been discussed in the first round of presidential debates.
According to public sources, the themes of the first round of presidential debates in the United States included six major debate topics: “New Coronavirus”, “Race and Violence in Cities”, “Economy”, “Election Justice”, “Candidate Past”, and “Supreme Court”. Only the first two topics overlap with this topic.
However, Stepien insisted on urging, “According to long-standing practice and as promised by the Presidential Debate Committee, we expected that foreign policy will be the central topic of the debate on October 22. We strongly urge the Committee to re-adjust the debate and return. To the subject that has already been confirmed.”
Then Stepien began to talk about Biden’s foreign policy work, criticized Biden for trying to avoid talking about this topic, and hinted that he was performing poorly in this field. Stepien wrote in the letter, “We still remember that Robert Gates, Biden’s former Secretary of Defense, insisted that Biden was wrong on almost every major foreign policy and national security issue in the past 40 years. “Biden has dealt with foreign affairs for many years. He has taken over the work of the former presidential candidate’s diplomatic adviser and chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The outside world has received mixed reviews on his diplomatic performance. However, former US President Barack Obama has affirmed Biden’s efforts to resolve the “Balkan Peninsula conflict” and praised Biden as a “foreign policy expert.”
On the other hand, Stepien began to advocate Trump’s diplomatic achievements, and specifically mentioned in the letter that the Trump administration had promoted the comprehensive establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain.
Stepien also believed that the US Presidential Debate Committee was favoring Biden. He wrote in the letter, “The antics of the committees pro-Biden has turned the entire debate season into a fiasco. No wonder the public has lost confidence in the committee’s objectivity.”
Although Stepien insisted that a few months ago, the Biden team and the Trump team had reached a consensus on the topic of “foreign policy”, but the Biden team denied this.
The US “Capitol Hill” reported that the Biden campaign team stated that the consensus they reached in advance was only a consensus that “the theme is chosen by the host of the debate.” The Trump campaign team is lying so that Trump can avoid discussing his government Responding to the “catastrophic” response to the new coronavirus pandemic.
It is worth noting that after experiencing the first round of presidential debates called “circus performances” and “epic national humiliation” as described by the US media, whether the rules of the final debate will be changed has become a focal issue. According to the New York Times, the method of “turning off the microphone” to prevent chaos is expected to be implemented in the final debate.
The report pointed out that, like the first round of debates, after the host of the debate raised questions in each section, the presidential candidates Biden and Trump will each have two minutes to speak. But the US Presidential Debate Committee announced a plan on the 19th. During the two minutes each candidate speaks, the microphone of the opponent candidate will be turned off to ensure that the speech will not be interrupted.
After the candidates have completed their two-minute answers, they will be allowed to communicate freely with each other for the rest. According to the rules published by the US Presidential Debate Committee, the final debate is divided into six parts according to the six major topics, and each part of the debate lasts about 15 minutes. Later on the 19th, the committee had notified Biden and Trump’s assistants of the rule changes.
Previously, Biden had expressed support for the changes to the rules of the US Presidential Debating Committee. Trump campaign manager Stepien wrote in this letter that it is “completely unacceptable” for any “anonymous person” to turn off the candidate’s microphone.
The general view is that Trump will be stronger than Biden in face-to-face debates and that closing the microphone will weaken this advantage of Trump. CNN previously cited relevant analysis and pointed out that one of Trump’s concerns about refusing to conduct the second round of debates remotely maybe that remotely can stop him from interjecting as frequently as he did during the first debate with “one-click”. However, the second debate was eventually canceled.
According to the US Presidential Debate Committee, the final debate of the US President will be held at Belmont University in Tennessee from 9 pm to 10:30 pm Eastern Time on October 22.