CNN announces new rules for first 2024 presidential debate

The first presidential debate of 2024 is less than two weeks away now, and its host CNN is announcing its roles. The 90 minute debate, which is set for next Thursday, June 27th at 9:00 PM. We'll have two commercial breaks and campaign staff will not be allowed to interact with their candidates. CNN says both President Biden and former President Trump have agreed to appear at a uniform podium with their positions determined by a coin flip. Unlike previous debates, there will not be a live studio audience for this one. Also new this year, no opening statements and each candidate will have two minutes to answer questions, then one minute for rebuttals and responses to the rebuttals. If it is not a candidate's turn to speak, his microphone will be muted. They also won't be allowed to bring props or pre written notes. The debates, which is one of two agreed upon by the president and former president, will be moderated by CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. Biden and Trump are also set to debate on ABC in September. By coming up with their own debate scheduled, the 2024 presidential candidates have sidelined the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which has long worked to provide neutral rules and make sure debates are broadcast on all major networks. We also want to note former Democratic candidate Robert F Kennedy Junior could still qualify for the debate in two weeks. His name would have to appear on an upstate ballots to reach the 270 electoral vote threshold to actually win the presidency and get at least 15% in four national polls. So far. He said at least 15% on three qualifying polls and is on the ballot in six states, making him eligible for 89 electoral votes. For all the latest updates on the 2024 presidential election, download the Straight Arrow News app or visit [email protected].

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