If you were wondering how Joe Biden was going to beat Donald Trump fair and square during the presidential debates, the answer apparently was that he wasn’t. After initially agreeing with the Trump campaign’s request that the ears of both debaters be inspected for the presence of electronic devices ahead of tonight’s kickoff debate, Team Biden is now said to have backed away from that agreement.
NEW: Joe Biden’s campaign agreed to an inspection for electronic ear pieces at tonight’s debate several days ago but are now declining, a source familiar tells me.
— Ebony Bowden (@ebonybowden) September 29, 2020
In addition, Team Biden is now requesting two breaks during the 90-minute debate, one every 30 minutes. The Trump organization has said no, but more importantly, as Bret Baier explains in this clip, the rules on whether there are to be breaks are set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is anticipating that tonight’s debate will be 90 minutes straight through.
Really telling stuff here
Trump requested a third party ear inspection… Biden refused
Biden requested a break every 30 minutes… Trump refused pic.twitter.com/89wO4dwkqD
— Jewish Deplorable 🇺🇸 (@TrumpJew) September 29, 2020
Considering the mishaps Biden has run into with his use of a teleprompter for all live interviews, it’s hard to imagine that having an offstage coach occasionally talking at him through a transmitter in his ear will give him much of an edge if any over his opponent.
According to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, 47% of voters expect Trump to win the debates, compared with 41% who believe Biden will emerge victorious. Independents pick Trump over Biden by 10 percentage points, 47% to 37%.