Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic contender Joe Biden face to face in the last presidential debate in less than two weeks ahead of an important presidential election on November 3.
The second debate, scheduled for the 15th, was canceled after 74-year-old Trump refused a virtual confrontation with 77-year-old Biden, despite concerns about the president’s diagnosis of Corona 19. The two rivals instead attended the viewing of competing television networks.
Trump and Biden clashed fiercely over a number of issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, racism, economy and climate during the first presidential debate last month.
A one-time discussion between Vice President Mike Pence and Kamala Harris took place on October 7th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The non-partisan Committee on Presidential Debates unveiled a new rule of uninterrupted opening speech by muting the microphone for two minutes of rival speakers at a final debate held in Nashville, Tennessee last Monday.
The decision to mute the microphones came after a confusing first presidential debate where the two candidates repeatedly interfered with each other.
The final discussion is being hosted by NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker.
Under the new rules, Trump and Biden will speak without interruption for 2 minutes at the start of every 15 minute segment of the discussion. The committee said both campaigns agreed to the uninterrupted two-minute rule.