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Final U.S. Presidential debate to have microphones muted for candidates at times; the two campaigns near the end Updated: 2020-10-20 17:08:29 KST

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that when a candidate is answering one of the formal questions in Thursday's debate, his opponent's microphone will be muted to stop them from talking over each other, something that happened throughout the campaign's first debate.
The commission said in a statement Monday that the rule might not satisfy either of the campaigns, but it's in the interest of the American people.
In the meantime, President Trump is making headlines for disparaging America's top disease control official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said recently in an interview that he wasn't surprised that the President got COVID-19.

"Every time he goes on television there's always a bomb, but there's a bigger bomb if you fire him. Fauci is a disaster. I mean this guy, if I listened to him we'd have 500,000 deaths."

President Trump held a rally Monday in Arizona, a key battleground state that he won in 2016, but where the polls give Democrat Joe Biden a slight lead.

"Optimism will boom. The pandemic is rounding the turn. Vaccines are coming. And I look fine, don't I? You know. And we'll get back to a normal life."

As for Joe Biden, his running mate, Kamala Harris, is now back on the trail after being quarantined for a possible exposure to COVID-19.
Her first stop the must-win state of Florida.

"In Florida, you know that right now people are hurting.But yet this man, Donald Trump, would like you to believe everything is OK because you see his measure of the success of the economy is based on the stock market. Our measure is based on how working people are doing."

Monday was Florida's first day of in-person early voting.
More than 2-and-a-half million Floridians have cast their ballots already by mail.
Nationally, according to U.S. Elections Projects, a tracking site, more than 31 million have voted as of Monday by mail or in person.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News
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