Commission on Presidential Debates basically admits last night was a disaster, says ‘more structure’ is needed
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The Commission on Presidential Debates released a statement the day after the first presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle admitting the need for more “structure.”
The debate was widely criticized by the constant interrupting and insults thrown around by both candidates, but mainly by Donald Trump.
“The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. 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 statement reads.
“The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly,” it said.
Others criticized moderator Chris Wallace despite the fact he made repeated efforts to reprimand both candidates about the rules — though, again, Trump received more of these pleas.
At one point, Wallace himself admitted there were so many verbal zingers being thrown around he was having a bit of a tough time following what the latest discussion point was.
For its part, the CPD apparently didn’t want to call out Wallace for his performance (who was selected by the CPD as a moderator).
“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 statement concludes.
That statement does stop short of praising Wallace’s actual moderator performance.