Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), proposed several modifications to the format of the next presidential debate, disappointed by the flaws observed in the first event held between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 29.
“Why don’t we do a 30-minute interview with each candidate in separate rooms?” Paul proposed to the Presidential Debate Committee in an interview with host Neil Cavuto, according to Fox News.
“Don’t put them in the same room, but really try to get a little more of an in-depth conversation and challenge them and push them to answer questions more completely,” Paul added.
Paul felt that the format used in the first debate did not allow voters to clearly capture the ideas and was “exhausting” for the candidates.
As for the speeches, Paul was concerned that Biden did not answer whether he was willing to “fill out” the Supreme Court if he won the Nov. 3 election.
“It is a pretty dramatic change to our form of government, and I think could be very destructive,” said Paul. He added, “And I think the media ought to force him to answer the question.”
At the center of the controversy over the first debate was the performance of Fox News moderator and anchor Chris Wallace, as he apparently lost control of the event and became biased toward Biden.
For Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham, President Trump not only debated before Biden, but had to debate against Wallace as well, according to one of her tweets. In another tweet she wrote, “Biden seems to interrupt with impunity.”
Ingraham was joined by host Greg Gutfeld and podcast host Stephen L. Miller, who also highlighted Wallace’s role against Trump’s presentation.
Gutfeld saw it inappropriate to have Wallace join in Biden’s laughter, and Miller noted, “Wallace is grilling Trump on his supporters taking to the streets when antifa is burning businesses down right now.”
Given Wallace’s criticism, many messages propose podcaster Joe Rogan as the host of the next presidential debate.
In fact, Rogan had already invited the candidates to a debate and was accepted by President Trump, but the Biden campaign did not even consider it, generating comments about Biden’s need to have the host on his side.
Rogan’s enthusiasm as a moderator has already garnered the support of more than 287,000 signatures out of the 300,000 requested on the Change.org website.
Moreover, a Hill-HarrisX poll showed that 69 percent of participants approve of Rogan moderating a presidential debate, and 31 percent do not.