Presidential Debate Rules Finalized – Details Inside!

(DCWatchdog.com) – As the presidential elections are approaching, CNN is finalizing the rules for the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, scheduled for June 27.

According to the network’s announcement, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will host the 90-minute debate, which will include two commercial breaks.

During breaks, neither candidate can communicate with campaign staff, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Both Biden and Trump are prohibited from bringing pre-written notes onstage, though they will have access to a pen and paper for note-taking during the debate. Microphones will be muted except during the candidate’s designated speaking time, and there will be no studio audience present.

These rules aim to prevent interruptions and maintain control over the debate flow, unlike the chaotic 2020 presidential debate moderated by Chris Wallace, where Trump’s behavior was a major issue.

This time, Biden hopes to address concerns about his age and mental acuity, issues that polls consistently highlight as significant challenges for the 81-year-old Democrat.

Polls also indicate that Trump enjoys favorable public opinion on economic and immigration matters. Biden, meanwhile, is focusing on abortion issues and Trump’s legal challenges to capitalize on voter sentiment.

Recently, Trump faced legal consequences in New York, where he was convicted on 34 counts related to falsifying business records.

This stemmed from payments made to his former attorney, Michael Cohen, including one to Stormy Daniels, before the 2016 election. Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg pursued these charges under a unique legal strategy.

Meanwhile, Biden’s son Hunter was convicted of federal gun charges related to his possession of a firearm while addicted to crack cocaine in October 2018.

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is unlikely to meet CNN’s debate qualification standards. To participate, candidates must reach 15% in four national polls and appear on enough state ballots to secure 270 electoral college votes potentially. Kennedy falls short on both counts.

The CNN debate agreement between Biden and Trump followed exchanges of challenges and accusations. They bypassed the traditional commission on presidential debates and negotiated directly with cable networks like CNN for debate terms.

Set in Georgia, a pivotal swing state, this debate holds significant weight in the lead-up to the election. Both candidates have agreed to CNN’s stipulations for the debate, aiming to sway undecided voters in this critical electoral battleground.

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