Bloomberg Law
Oct. 6, 2020, 12:22 AM

Trump ‘Intends to Be Ready’ to Debate Biden, Opposes Mute Button

Mario Parker
Mario Parker
Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump “intends to be ready to debate” Democratic nominee Joe Biden next week, despite having been hospitalized with Covid-19, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Monday.

Murtaugh added, however, that the campaign would not agree to the moderator being able to mute the candidates when their time has expired to prevent the kind of interruptions and cross-talk -- mostly by Trump -- that marred the first presidential forum last week.

Donald Trump, center, speaks as Joe Biden, right, listens during the first U.S. presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29.
Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

“We would adamantly oppose a mute button, which would place too much authority and power into the hands of a member of the media to decide what ...

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