What a difference from last month.
The first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump which was held in late September in Cleveland, Ohio was a chaotic clash.
The showdown – described as a “debacle” and even a “s--- show" – was plagued by incessant interruptions and insults. The president was the larger of the two culprits – according to a Fox News analysis, the president interrupted Biden and moderator Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" a total of 145 times, with the former vice president interrupting Trump and Wallace 67 times.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question and President Donald Trump listens during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
So far at the second and final presidential debate – being held Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn., both candidates have played nice and avoided interrupting each other.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) – the bipartisan group that’s been organizing and running these faceoffs for more than three decades – installed a mute button to prevent the candidates from interrupting each other during their initial two minute responses at the top of each segment.
One hour into the 90 minute debate – the mute button has not been needed.