Status Updates posted by RadiantFlamberge
OK, this 2nd Biden-Trump debate was actually more civil. Muting the mikes during the 2 minute response periods sure looks like it helped. Kristen Welker was a good moderator, also. Though Trump still got a bit petulant at times, he didn't really interrupt like we had seen in the 1st one.
Overall I would say Round 2 goes to Biden. He was more frank about COVID-19 than Trump was, expressing a need for rapid testing, contact tracing, physical dividers, and social distancing. And Trump's "we're learning to live with it" statement infuriated me. Biden's countering with "people are learning to die with it" hit the nail on the head. There have been over 222.000 people killed by this shit already. Enough is enough.
Trump called himself the least racist person in the room... that's malarkey. Biden takes climate change and clean energy more seriously. Biden also said that any foreign power who tries to tamper with the election will pay a price. When accused of corruption, Biden told Trump, "Release your tax returns or don't talk about corruption".
One statement from Biden during the C19 discussion especially resonates with me. "I don't view this as he does, as red states or blue states," he said. "We're the United States."
The presidential debate commission will mute the mikes during the candidates' 2-minute initial responses in the 22 October debate. Amen and hallelujah to that. It needs to be done. You remember how that last Trump-Biden debate went? What a train wreck. At least this one should stay more orderly.
It's a good first step into trying to maintain order for the debate (the first debate was a monumental shit show and a national embarrassment to our country). However, muting a microphone on his podium won't stop Donald Trump from shouting over Joe Biden from across the stage as Biden tries to detail his vision for the United States.
You probably called it correctly. Trump will likely raise his voice to compensate for being de-miked. It wouldn't surprise me. I trust Joe to be on his best behavior, but I have a bad feeling Donald will be a naughty boy again. At least this debate shouldn't be a total CF like the last one. It would be easier for a miked moderator to call for Trump to stop talking.
The moderator this time is NBC's Kristen Welker. Hopefully she'll be more firm, unlike Susan Page. Surprisingly, Page was against the idea of a mute button... even though she had to tell Pence to stop talking 41 times, and Harris 13 times in the VP debate. I don't want Susan Page moderating another debate of this sort. She was pretty weak as a moderator.
Looking back to the Trump town hall, Trump sure got trumped by Savannah Guthrie. "I don't get that! You're the president... you're not like someone's crazy uncle who can retweet whatever." ( 0:30 ). I didn't watch Trump's town hall (I watched Biden's instead). When I saw this on YT, I loved it. 👍