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Post-debate media roundup: Poor boys, Abraham Lincoln and Hunter Biden

The final debate before the 2020 presidential election saw the two candidates punching hard at each other, but neither struck a knockout blow. Most commentators thought NBC News moderator Kristen Welker did a much better job and the muting of microphones seemed to aid in keeping the discussion civil and more intelligible.

Here are some of the more interesting reactions to the debate from social media.

Many people were glad that Hunter Biden was made an issue:

While many thought it wasn’t enough on the topic:

Biden sarcastically referred to the president as Abraham Lincoln and he didn’t quite get it:

Thanks to this exchange, Abraham Lincoln was trending on Twitter briefly. But unfortunately for Biden, Twitter noticed he mistook the “poor boys” for what he meant, which was “Proud Boys,” a far-right organization:

Even some of his critics admitted the president did better than in the first debate.

And they had to admit that Biden issued an enormous lie during the debate:

According to Paula Reid of CBS, the president stuck to their plan with at least two points:

ABC News’ Jon Karl said Trump didn’t do any damage, but didn’t do enough to change the race either.

CNN host Jake Tapper complimented Trump, then called him a liar:

And MSNBC was cheerleading for Biden:

And they were making excuses for Biden’s past policies on imprisoning black males:

Van Jones was not impressed with the appeal to African Americans by Trump during the debate:

Even Biden complimented the moderator after the debate:

Norah O’Donnell of CBS said it was more substantive, and that the muting of the microphones worked:

Here are the numbers for the debate:

And as always, there were jokes:

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Commission changes rules for second debate to keep candidates from interrupting each other; Trump campaign responds immediately

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that it is changing the rules and will cut the microphone of each candidate when their opponent has the floor for the second debate, and the Trump campaign responded immediately.

The commission announced the change in a statement on Monday.

“The Commission has determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules,” the commission said in part in the statement.

“The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules,” the statement explained later.

“For the balance of each segment, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open,” the statement added.

The Trump campaign wasted no time in responding and fired off a statement very soon after the announcement.

“President Donald Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate,” the statement read.

“This was supposed to be the foreign policy debate, so the President still looks forward to forcing Biden to answer the No. 1 relevant question of whether he’s been compromised by the Communist Party of China. Why did Biden allow his son Hunter to sell access to him while he was vice president, and why were there Chinese payment arrangements for Joe himself worked out by Hunter and his sketchy partners?” the statement added.

“If the media won’t ask Joe Biden these questions,” the statement concluded, “the President will, and there will be no escape for Biden.”

Critics panned the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden after it descended into a combative free-for-all with both candidates interrupting each other. Fox News host Chris Wallace moderated the debate and lamented later that he lost control of the two candidates.

“I’m just sad with the way last night turned out,” Wallace said. “I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did.”

The final presidential debate between Trump and Biden is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate will follow the format of the first debate, devoting 15 minutes to each topic and providing each candidate with two minutes to respond to prompts from moderator Kristen Welker, a NBC News White House correspondent.

Here’s when the news broke on Fox News:

Debate mics will be muted to allow candidates 2 uninterrupted minutes: AP