US NewsBiden and Trump agree to no-audience debate on June 27

Biden and Trump agree to no‑audience debate on June 27

Biden and Trump agreed on the rules for the first televised debate
Biden and Trump agreed on the rules for the first televised debate
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4:41 PM EDT, June 15, 2024

Joe Biden and Donald Trump have set the terms for the first televised debate, which will take place on June 27. According to CNN, the debate organizer, the discussion will last one and a half hours, there will be no audience, and speaking time will be limited.

The debate between the two leading candidates in the upcoming US presidential elections will occur in Atlanta, Georgia, without an audience. CNN previously reported that these conditions are preferred by Biden.

"To ensure a civilized discussion"

The channel announced on Saturday that both candidates' campaign teams agreed to several other conditions, such as using identical podiums and turning off microphones.

"Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak," CNN specified, adding that presenters Jake Tapper and Dana Bash "will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion."

90-minute clash

According to information provided by the channel, the 90-minute debate will be interrupted by two commercial breaks. During these breaks, campaign teams will not be able to contact the candidates.

Candidates cannot use pre-prepared notes but will be provided with a pen, a sheet of paper, and a bottle of water on-site.

One more debate

Joe Biden, the current president of the Democratic Party, and his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, have agreed to hold two debates before the November elections.

The first debate will be held on June 27 and the second on September 10. ABC will organize the second debate.

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