Trump camp wants additional debate rules: third-party inspectors looking for electronic devices in candidates’ ears


CLEVELAND – President Trump is asking for an additional ground rule before the first presidential debate between himself and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday night.

Fox News has learned that the presidential election campaign again wants the Biden campaign to allow a third party to inspect each debater’s ears for electronic devices or transmitters. The president has agreed to such an inspection, but a source said the Biden campaign disapproved of Cannes’s investigation.

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Trump campaign spokesman Tim Muerto also tweeted “can confirm” in reference to reports.

For the past several weeks, the former Vice President’s campaign has also requested two breaks – one every 30 minutes – to break the 90-minute commercial-free schedule. But that request has been denied by his Trump counterparts, Fox News has been told.

A Trump campaign source told Fox News that “our man doesn’t need a break. He makes 90-minute speeches all the time.”

Sheila and Eric Samson pavilion in mock debaters Cleveland stand on stage as preparations for the first presidential debate on Monday, September 28, 2020.  The first debate between President Donald Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 29.  (AP Photo / Patrick Semanski)

Sheila and Eric Samson pavilion in mock debaters Cleveland stand on stage as preparations for the first presidential debate on Monday, September 28, 2020. The first debate between President Donald Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 29. (AP Photo / Patrick Semanski)

And the source says talks are still on for Tuesday night’s debate – as well as the remaining two shutdowns between Biden and Trump.

Fox News is reaching out to the Commission on Presidential Debates – a bipartisan organization that has been organized and produced debates for more than three decades – to respond to requests for two campaigns.

The commission has traditionally pushed back against requests from the network for commercial breaks.

The debate – the first of three between Biden and Trump – closes at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday and is being hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The show is being run by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and John Roberts contributed to this report

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