that guy in AZ Wrote:I would suggest Putin as moderator or Hillary, then it would be much more fun to watch. How about Bloomberg?
I believe the debates will go ahead because Trump will be trailing in the polls and will see the debates as an opportunity to bully Biden into submission with lies and more lies...playing again to his base and the undecideds. He will want to make Biden appear weak.
Also, I expect Trump to play the victim again and seek every possible advantage for the debate set-up and moderators to favor him. No more "unfair" questions.
Although it would be interesting to have Megyn Kelly ask questions of Trump, that is not likely to happen.
Chris Wallace would be a good choice for a moderator, but so would Anderson Cooper.
My prayers have been answered.
We are now down to TWO Presidential debates, and Chris Wallace will be the moderator for the first one.
1st Presidential DebateFox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Vice Presidential DebateUSA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will moderate the only debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence.
2nd Presidential DebateC-SPAN host and political editor Steve Scully will moderate the second debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
The October 22 debate is still scheduled, but no details yet.
The first presidential debate, when the incumbent President Trump will face off against Joe Biden for the first time, was to be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In late July, the institution withdrew from hosting due to concerns about the pandemic.
The first debate will now be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Susan Case, a black femail professor, is a member of the faculty.
Similarly, the second presidential debate was expected to take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Thursday, October 15, but in June, they too withdrew from hosting the event due to health concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“It is with great disappointment that I must ask for the University of Michigan to be released from its agreement with the Commission on Presidential Debates to host the Presidential Debate on Oct. 15, 2020,” Michigan’s president, Mark Schlissel, said in a statement.
“In consideration of the public health guidelines in our state as well as advice from our own experts — we feel it is not feasible for us to safely host the presidential debate as planned.’’
The replacement location for the second debate is Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The final debate is still set for Thursday, October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville.
Despite the changes in location, all three debates are expected to begin at 9 p.m. ET, and will run for 90 minutes without any commercial breaks.
Steve Scully is known in the media for his "evenhandedness" He was the 2009 recipient of the Fitzwater Center for Communications Award, for exemplary journalism and public service, and in the same year was recognized by The Washingtonian as one of the capital's "50 Top Journalists". John Oliver has repeatedly referred to Scully as "The Most Patient Man on Television". Scully was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019.
My feeling is that Trump and Pence will both look pretty stupid in the first and second debates, but the last debate will give Trump a chance to redeem himself a little. By that time, of course, the COVID-19 death total still exceed 250,000 - and he just lost the military vote last week.