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Fahrenthold: Testing ‘self-control’ of candidates should be part of debate

A worker walks out of the Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Oct. 19, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is preparing for the Presidential debate at Belmont University on Thursday evening. The debate is the final debate before the Nov. 3rd election. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A record number of voters have already submitted their ballots this week across the United States, but there’s still one more presidential debate Thursday between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

This time, in an effort to reduce some of the chaos and interruptions of the first debate between the two candidates, the microphone of the candidate who is not speaking during each two-minute statement will be muted. It will then be unmuted again for the discussion period.

David Fahrenthold, reporter at The Washington Post, thinks the mute might allow for some uninterrupted discussion, but it ultimately comes down to the participants.

“The whole debate depends on the goodwill of the two participants,” Fahrenthold told Dave Ross on Seattle’s Morning News. “If somebody’s going to just interrupt all the time, unless you, like, make him fall through a trapdoor or put them in a soundproof box, I don’t see how you can really stop that from happening.”

“And you really shouldn’t,” he added. “I mean, these people want to be President of the United States, so their own self-control should be part of what you learn from one of these debates.”

Listen to the full interview:

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Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Fahrenthold joins KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross every Tuesday on Seattle’s Morning News. Listen to Seattle’s Morning News weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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