Debate commissioner: Press would be present to monitor Donald Trump, Joe Biden in virtual debate

Debate commissioner: Press would be present to monitor Donald Trump, Joe Biden in virtual debate


Frank Fahrenkopf, who co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, said Thursday that there would be media present for the would-be virtual debate between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden to prevent cheating.

“The president said, you don’t want that kind of a debate where you’re sitting in front of a computer. You’re not,” Mr. Fahrenkopf said on Fox News.

He said the president could participate in the debate from the Oval Office if he wanted to.

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“There would be people present, press people, also with Biden — people there to make sure that he wasn’t reading off a teleprompter, that he’s answering the question,” Mr. Fahrenkopf said.

The president’s team and Republicans have objected to the virtual format in part because they think it would allow Mr. Biden to get off-camera cues from aides.

“I think the president wasn’t perhaps properly briefed by his people as to what we’re talking about when we’re talking about a virtual debate,” Mr.

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