Mics to be muted in Thursday’s debate

Each candidate gets an uninterrupted two minutes to speak at the beginning of each of the six 15-minute segments of the debate.

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October 20, 2020 - 10:10 AM

With dueling town halls, President Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden will clash on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, albeit not on the same stage. (Jim Watson/Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will have their microphones turned off during parts of the final presidential debate on Thursday, the Commission on Presidential Debates said Monday night.

Each candidate will have an uninterrupted two minutes to speak at the beginning of each of the six 15-minute segments of the debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Both candidates’ mics will then be turned on for “a period of open discussion” in the segment’s remaining time, the commission said in a statement.

The commission said both campaigns “this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule,” adding that the measures weren’t a change of the rules, but were intended to make sure the existing rules were enforced.

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