The Commission on Presidential Debates is meeting Monday afternoon to discuss potential rule changes for Thursday’s debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, according to CNN.
“We are going to consider what changes we are going to make with regards to the debate on Thursday night,” said one commission member, who added that there is also a chance that no changes will be made.
The Commission announced in late September that it would explore changes ‘to ensure a more orderly discussion’ following a heated first debate between Trump and Biden.
According to Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller, the commission may allow producers to “turn off the president’s microphone whenever they want to, which again would be a gross violation of what we agreed to initially.”
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on a call with reporters says he’s hearing the debate commission may allow producers to “turn off the president’s microphone whenever they want to, which again would be a gross violation of what we agreed to initially.” https://t.co/2fwqta8FNP
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 19, 2020
Meanwhile, in the wake of the Hunter Biden laptop revelations – and in what we’re sure is a coincidence, the Debate Commission has decided to ditch foreign policy as a topic for Thursday’s face-off.
According to Miller, the Debate Commission “changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran.”
Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) October 19, 2020
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The National Pulse understands that while “national security” has been included in the list of topics by moderator Kristen Welker, the campaigns had long been discussing the subject being the majority of the debate, rather than regurgitating on issues such as COVID, climate change, and race.
Those topics were both covered in the first debate, and in the substantive Vice Presidential debate which saw VP Mike Pence emerge unquestionably victorious over a hectoring Kamala Harris.
The Hunter Biden laptop and e-mails were initially reported by the New York Post last week, triggering a cavalcade of censorship by Big Tech firms, as well as a failure by reputable media outlets to ask Joe Biden about the distressing revelations contained within, such as Hunter’s ties to Ukraine, to Moscow, and to the Chinese Communist Party.
Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on Fox News on Monday morning, Jason Miller added: “If the moderator doesn’t bring [Hunter Biden’s e-mails] up, I think you’re safe to assume that the President will. Again, these are real simple questions that Joe Biden needs to answer to the American public. And keep in mind this is supposed to be a debate on foreign policy. I know the Debate Commission is trying to move the goal posts yet again and work in a bunch of other issues. We’re going to talk about Biden’s support for endless wars, talk about the piles of cash loaded up with billions of dollars and sent to Iran, and we’re going to talk about all the foreign corruption, the foreign money that’s been coming into the Biden family. If Joe Biden can’t answer these real simple questions, you know he’s running from something.”
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Meanwhile, the moderator for the third debate, Kristen Welker, has been added to the list of ‘anti-Trump’ debate moderators – with President Trump calling her “terrible and unfair” on Saturday in response to a New York Post article accusing her of having “deep Democrat ties.”
On Monday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade called Welker “often the most abrasive, most dismissive, most disrespectful reporter” in White House press briefings.
Brian Kilmeade is mad that NBC’s Kristen Welker is going to moderate Thursday’s debate, because her parents donated to Democrats and “she was a registered Democrat before,” even though Kilmeade’s colleague/first debate moderator Chris Wallace is currently a registered Democrat. pic.twitter.com/L59N2jZ7rl
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 19, 2020
Others have noted that she accidentally tipped off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri in 2016 about at least one question she was about to ask.
In March 2016 Welker was busted on live television tipping off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she planned to ask her during a post-debate interview in Michigan.https://t.co/5YD5TOADB9 pic.twitter.com/c3qTtwIG00
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 17, 2020