Debate commission plans change to structure of debates

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October 1, 2020: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would change the format of the remaining debates. Joe Biden set a record for ActBlue fundraising during the debate.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Donald Trump has picked a new running mate.

Yes, Vice President Mike Pence is still around. And no, the near-constant chatter about former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley did not come to pass.

But since Saturday, when Trump nominated her to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett has become Trump’s new running mate. No matter how you slice it, it’s now ‘Trump-Coney Barrett 2020.’”

– Matt Gorman, Fox News

Election Updates

  • The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Wednesday it would change the format of the remaining debates. “The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the commission said in a statement.
  • Joe Biden raised $3.8 million in one hour during Tuesday night’s debate, setting a single-hour fundraising record for ActBlue. He raised $10 million in total the night of the debate.
  • Biden is holding a virtual fundraiser on Thursday.
  • Donald Trump began airing an ad on Wednesday featuring Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and calling on supporters to stand up for conservative values. The clip is part of an ad buy worth more than $10 million.
  • Trump is holding a fundraiser at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday.
  • Former Trump campaign manager and senior adviser Brad Parscale stepped down from the campaign on Wednesday.

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