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CNN rules for first U.S. presidential debate: No props, muted microphones

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the moderators "will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion."

But what about Trump’s 1st Amendment rights to interrupt and talk over his opponent? And no adoring, raucous crowd of MAGA faithful? Sounds like another “I’m being silenced” situation.

Poor Trump . . .

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But what about Trump’s 1st Amendment rights to interrupt and talk over his opponent?

Or Biden not allowing Trump to talk?

And no adoring, raucous crowd of MAGA faithful?

Here, here!

Yes, but here is the thing, Biden can’t rely on notes, teleprompters or scripts, not this time.

Poor Trump . . .

Poor, poor Biden…

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The polls have Biden and Trump very close to each other.

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And no adoring, raucous crowd of MAGA faithful?

Here, here!

Where, where? (Or, “Hear, hear!?)

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CNN, a division of Warner Bros Discovery, said the moderators "will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion."

I predict CNN will fail as the candidates have declined in alarming ways since the last debate. Should be a fine mess.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/politics/trump-biden-debate.html

Who can forget such highlights as "Proud Boys: Stand back and stand by"

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Or Biden not allowing Trump to talk?

its a debate, Trump gets to talk when its his turn, same with Biden.

There are rules in sport, just like in debating.

screaming over another person while theyre talking isnt debating.

Trump will actually have to talk about his policies, goodluck LOL

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Yes, but here is the thing, Biden can’t rely on notes, teleprompters or scripts, not this time.

actually both candidites are allowed their own notes. As for teleprompters, Trump imploded at one of his last rallies when the teleprompter malfunctioned.

Im still predicting Trump will withdraw, you can see all the FOX talking heads making excuses for him now. LOL

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I can’t wait to hear what 45 has to say.

I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to know more about sharks, electrocution, Al Capone and Taylor Swift. All the big issues.

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I can’t wait to hear what 45 has to say.

I wonder what Biden won’t say, if anything at all, just the usual convict, felon tropes…yawn

I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to know more about sharks, electrocution, Al Capone and Taylor Swift. All the big issues.

Will Biden even be awake and check his palms or any ear pieces he might have, smoke signals etc….

actually both candidites are allowed their own notes.

They should be checked for answers

As for teleprompters, Trump imploded at one of his last rallies when the teleprompter malfunctioned.

Yeah, Trump is horrible when he’s scripted to do anything, he’s better with no filter for sure. Can’t do a lot with a pit bull when it’s chained up.

Im still predicting Trump will withdraw

He won’t. I’m wondering if Biden will given his increasingly frail status.

, you can see all the FOX talking heads making excuses for him now. LOL

They won’t because Trump never gave any indication of dropping out.

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its a debate, Trump gets to talk when its his turn, same with Biden.

Let’s see if they give Trump equal time to respond.

There are rules in sport, just like in debating.

Since this administration has been in office rules don’t apply anymore. Case in point, when and why were the rules changed to allow biological born men to compete in sports with biological born women?

screaming over another person while theyre talking isnt debating.

You should watch the nightly news then.

Trump will actually have to talk about his policies, goodluck LOL

He always has talked about them, never stopped talking about them, but the left are so obsessed with Russia, Russia, impeachment, convicted felon, J6 they obviously can’t see anything else having their pundits screech this stuff 24/7.

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Im still predicting Trump will withdraw

He does have a record.

https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36401179

And Mr Trump was put in the unusual position of having to claim the event - which would have been compelling television that attracted an audience of tens of millions - was "inappropriate".

Trump was rightly afraid and punked out of debating Sanders .

He probably does not believe his own MAGA script of sleepy, senile Joe and is afraid he will get a taste of State of the Union 'Dark Brandon'.

For any eventuality he and his minions are preparing their excuses and conspiracies.

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From the horse’s, um, mouth:

And so they don’t want to take him off,” he continued. “Maybe I’m better off losing the debate. I’ll make sure he stays. I’ll lose the debate on purpose. Maybe I’ll do something like that.”

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He does have a record. 

With reason

And Mr Trump was put in the unusual position of having to claim the event - which would have been compelling television that attracted an audience of tens of millions - was "inappropriate".

That was one-sided

Trump was rightly afraid and punked out of debating Sanders.

Not even remotely close. Sanders doesn’t know the first thing about the economy other than Robbing Paul to give to Peter, math was not one of his strongest attributes, for most Socialists actually.

He probably does not believe his own MAGA script of sleepy, senile Joe and is afraid he will get a taste of State of the Union 'Dark Brandon'. 

No, that would be the libs script or holiday list.

For any eventuality he and his minions are preparing their excuses and conspiracies.

No, just focus on the issues, economy, the border, illegals, crime and law, inflation and promising to re-open the oil pumps. So yeah, looking forward to the debate

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Sanders doesn’t know the first thing about the economy other than Robbing Paul to give to Peter, math was not one of his strongest attributes, for most Socialists actually.

Well that is the MAGA line so then Trump should have been able to wreck him and making Sanders a laughing stock with his business genius economic acumen right?

So why did he withdraw?

Maybe now Trump does not believe his own line about 'sleepy, senile' Joe Biden either.

Or his own debating skills.

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Given Trump's major glitches and gaffes over the past two weeks, this should be a real wake-up call to the Repubs to get Nikki Haley on the phone...

I can't wait to hear our MAGA-friends trying to spin Trump saying to the crowd how great it is to be in "Dallas" when the debate is in Atlanta...

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-mocked-over-arizona-texas-gaffe-1909577

Or tell all his supporters watching; "I don't care about you, I just want your vote"....

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4713896-joe-biden-campaign-donald-trump-2024-election-i-dont-care-about-you-rally-video/

Or maybe another infamous 35 second brain freeze and cognitive blackout like while speaking at the NRA convention...

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-freezes-glitch-nra-speech-b2547813.html

Perhaps a stumble and fall over his podium...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-camp-field-day-wobbly-165312701.html

Or finally an answer to that question we've all been waiting for, what's so "wonderful" about Hannibal Lector....

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-republicans-hannibal-lecter-1912531

Our MAGA-friends better stock up on crying towels now...

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And ANOTHER Trump gaffe and senile moment....

"Donald Trump on Saturday night suggested President Joe Biden “should have to take a cognitive test,” only to confuse who administered the test to him in the next sentence.

The former president and presumptive Republican nominee referred to Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who was the White House physician for part of his presidency, as “Ronny Johnson.” The moment came as Trump was questioning Biden’s mental acuity, something he often does on the campaign trail and social media."

https://apnews.com/article/trump-mental-acuity-gaffe-biden-ronny-jackson-0d45b6d89ae295b690f5ad12ca0bd38a?utm_source=newsshowcase&utm_medium=gnews&utm_campaign=CDAqDwgAKgcICjCE7s4BMOH0KDCvuoYD&utm_content=rundown

The guy is melting down before our eyes...he may not make it to the debate...and if he does, it will just show all Americans how far his dementia has progressed...

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i predict it will end up being great content for both sides to laugh at the other.

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check his palms or any ear pieces he might have, smoke signals etc

They should be checked for answers

Let’s see if they give Trump equal time to respond.

Already preparing excuses because even the MAGA faithful know, deep down, that Trump is a terrible debater.

Can’t do a lot with a pit bull when it’s chained up.

Trump is a very special breed of candidate. The rules should be changed to suit him. And two scoops of ice cream, cause he’s very special.

Looking forward to seeing a substantive and informative debate. May the best candidate prove himself.

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"Donald Trump on Saturday night suggested President Joe Biden “should have to take a cognitive test,” only to confuse who administered the test to him in the next sentence.

Trump already knows a brain is not required to be president.

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It'll be fun....I'll get drunk and watch....probably pee myself laughing.

Poor USA voters.

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Well that is the MAGA line so then Trump should have been able to wreck him and making Sanders a laughing stock with his business genius economic acumen right?

Sanders is the laughingstock of the business world, seriously, where have you been????

So why did he withdraw?

I am not him, unlike libs, I don't want to speculate, could be several reasons, but one that I can think of is almost all of these debates were moderated by liberals that hate Trump, that's a fact, so why even go into such a one-sided hostile environment? Do you want a debate or just a Trump bash?

Maybe now Trump does not believe his own line about 'sleepy, senile' Joe Biden either. 

I think he definitely does.

Or his own debating skills.

Which most people love.

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If Trump gets it in order, he'll get extra points.

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Already preparing excuses because even the MAGA faithful know, deep down, that Trump is a terrible debater. 

No, libs think that we don't and he's proven that time after time, but I will give you, when Trump is scripted then it's just horrible because he then sounds like the rest of the lying politicians, uncut authenticity is the best..

Trump is a very special breed of candidate. The rules should be changed to suit him. And two scoops of ice cream, cause he’s very special.

You mean, Biden! Biden is the ice cream guy. 

Looking forward to seeing a substantive and informative debate. May the best candidate prove himself.

Absolutely.

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"Donald Trump on Saturday night suggested President Joe Biden “should have to take a cognitive test,” only to confuse who administered the test to him in the next sentence

I heard it was former President Jimmy Connors.

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His team has pointed to immigration, public safety and inflation as key issues ahead of the debate.

Will he be able to stay focused on these during the debate? He may get sidetracked and wander off into the wilderness of his political persecution grievances and some other bizarre tangents.

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Will there be a break to change their depends?

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Good idea, especially the muted microphones. Do you ever notice how a debate strategy of Trump's is to talk over the other person and drown them out with noise so nobody can hear what they have to say.

Like Biden said in one of the previous debates 4 years ago, "Will you shut up, man!"

Trump does this because he truly doesn't know what he's talking about and has nothing substantive or intelligent to add to the debate. He just spews out a few MAGA slogans. Sadly this strategy works because a lot of the followers are dumber than Trump is. Like the new one out by MAGA now: This is not a Democracy! It's a Republic! . . . WTF are they talking about!

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will be interesting if trump brings up the debt, as he does with his random, meandering performances.

fully 1/3 of the entire u.s. debt of 28 trillion was his contribution to the country when he was president. he accomplished nothing during his time. zero.

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Will Biden even be awake and check his palms or any ear pieces he might have, smoke signals etc….

Conspiracies already. What a surprise.

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Good idea, especially the muted microphones. Do you ever notice how a debate strategy of Trump's is to talk over the other person and drown them out with noise so nobody can hear what they have to say.

Being a former liberal, he is just doing what liberals do all the time.

Like Biden said in one of the previous debates 4 years ago, "Will you shut up, man!"

Biden was just angry because he can't control the narrative, which speaks volumes about him as a leader, where I come from we call that a pushover.

Trump does this because he truly doesn't know what he's talking about and has nothing substantive or intelligent to add to the debate.

If that were the case his numbers would be in the tank and not Biden's

He just spews out a few MAGA slogans. Sadly this strategy works because a lot of the followers are dumber than Trump is.

And it's dismissive comments like that which caused Hillary and even Romney to lose when you think you're better than the next person without knowing them or their struggles as fools and idiots because they study the issues then you should be shunned as a candidate, thankfully, Blacks and Hispanics are finally realizing this, they were always played by the Dems and never taken for serious, they were just a vessel to help keep the swamp elite Democrats in office and what did they get for it? More crime and more poverty.

Like the new one out by MAGA now: This is not a Democracy! It's a Republic! . . . WTF are they talking about!

He's right, libs seem to forget that and they are paying 60K a year for what now exactly?

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It'll go like this;

Mr Trump what city is this debate being conducted in? "Budapest"....

Mr Trump who was the greatest President in US history? "After me? Hannibal Lector"...

Mr Trump, is Xi or Putin more of a threat to the US? "Neither, its Taylor Swift and windmills"...

Mr Trump, can you remember the names of your three wives? "Sure, Ivanka, Marlo, and Mercedes"....

Mr Trump.....Mr Trump? "35 second brain freeze"....

Mr Trump, are you OK now? "What's Joe doing here, I should be debating Obama"....

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Trump would just do best to go easy on this one, keep his own ranting to a minimum and just let Biden do the job for him.

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Trump would just do best to go easy on this one, keep his own ranting to a minimum and just let Biden do the job for him.

I agree.

fully 1/3 of the entire u.s. debt of 28 trillion was his contribution to the country when he was president. he accomplished nothing during his time. zero.

Which now has tripled under Biden once you add the cost of 10 million illegals, the cost of pushing EVs and their crappy charge stations, the war in Ukraine, infrastructure that seems to have resulted in nothing once again, nothing built and potholes everywhere, and plane parts falling from the skies.  As of this week, the American taxpayers are now on the hook for $34,681,313,704,677.46 as of 6/13/24

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Which now has tripled under Biden 

You keep repeating this, and it’s still false.

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You keep repeating this, and it’s still false.

No, it's spot on, I love money, so I can see the National Debt on my debt clock by the minute. So that is another thing Trump should hammer Biden on and severely, that will help Trump even more.

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No, it's spot on, I love money, so I can see the National Debt on my debt clock by the minute

Was that imaginary clock turned on during Trumps 4 years when he added more sent than Biden?

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*debt

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Was that imaginary clock turned on during Trumps 4 years when he added more sent than Biden?

How about focusing on now, Biden is the one fighting for his political life.

https://www.usdebtclock.org/

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https://www.investopedia.com/us-debt-by-president-dollar-and-percentage-7371225

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How about focusing on now, 

So the debt on started mattering when Biden became president?

Will you turn the clock off again if Trump wins?

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So the debt on started mattering when Biden became president?

Yes, because we voted for an American President and not a Globalist President that puts other countries first.

Will you turn the clock off again if Trump wins?

Minus Ukraine funding, limiting massive entitlements, sending as many illegals back as possible, opening the pumps, and drilling again, can lower it to a large degree.

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Muted Trump

This is the only way he can be allowed in the room.

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So, most probably it's Biden vs Trump, right? Question for all Americans here, how do you feel when your country can only produce these presidential candidates, of Beavis and Buthead quality?

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bass4funkToday 03:23 pm JST

Will you turn the clock off again if Trump wins?

Minus Ukraine funding, limiting massive entitlements, sending as many illegals back as possible, opening the pumps, and drilling again, can lower it to a large degree.

Are you under the impression we have given trillions to Ukraine? Are you under the impression social security payments will be reduced ever? Are you under the impression it is easy to survive on food stamps and no housing?

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ebisenToday 03:29 pm JST

So, most probably it's Biden vs Trump, right? Question for all Americans here, how do you feel when your country can only produce these presidential candidates, of Beavis and Buthead quality?

It's a result of our FPTP system that doesn't allow third parties. Your country is not likely doing much better.

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