Commission announces changes to future Presidential debates, locals react to first round

SALISBURY, Md. – Reactions were pouring in on Wednesday about the first Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden. The commission that coordinates these events is now saying it is making changes to future debates.

The Commission on Presidential Elections issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly. The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates.

After speaking with locals on Wednesday, it seems they agree that changes need to be made. “I feel like it was a waste of time. A waste of the American people’s time. A waste of the President’s time and the Presidential candidate’s time,” says Delaware resident Kenny Chandler.

“A lot of yelling and interrupting each other. The moderator had his hands full,” says Salisbury resident Tom Truitt. Meanwhile, Hebron resident Thomas Lane says, “Neither one of them acted like they should’ve.”

The debate was divided into six 15 minute sections: Trump’s and Biden’s records, the Supreme Court, the COVID-19 pandemic, race and violence in cities, election integrity as well as the economy.

However, voters tell 47 ABC they feel like they didn’t learn much. “At one point Biden called him a clown and corrected it. And on the Trump side, Trump was butting in a lot,” says Parsonsburg resident Will Warren.

A Political Science professor with Salisbury University says Trump’s commanding demeanor likely appealed to his supporters and Biden’s comparatively calm responses probably appealed to his base. “Debates usually don’t change a lot of minds. We will see what happens when the polling comes out after this debate,” says Dr. Adam Hoffman, a Professor and the Chair of Political Science Department at Salisbury University.

Some say, even though the first debate was painful to sit through at times, that may not keep them from tuning in next time. “I will watch the next one and give it a chance anyway if they can’t keep it to a more cordial level and more factual level it’s probably not worth watching,” says Warren.

The Vice Presidential Debate is set for October 7th. The second and third Presidential Debates are slated for October 15th and October 22nd.

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