Biden refuses to be checked for earpieces during debates, wants two breaks

Biden refuses to be checked for earpieces during debates, wants two breaks
Joe Biden, Donald Trump (Images: Left—Telemundo, right—Fox News video

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.

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.

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%.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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