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Rand Paul suggests changes to next presidential debate

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The first presidential debate was hard for everyone to watch and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were quick to offer their feedback on Wednesday after the national tv spectacle.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) joined Fox News and said the debate was not informative.

“It was exhausting even to watch, much less participate in,” Paul told Fox host Neil Cavuto. “I frankly don’t think that it was that informative.”

Paul suggests that an interview-style format for the next debates might prove more beneficial to the candidates and especially American voters.

“Why don’t we do a 30-minute interview with each candidate in separate rooms?” Paul said. “Don’t put them in the same room, but really try to get a little bit more of an in-depth conversation and challenge them and push them to answer questions more completely.”

The Kentucky senator said that he was also disappointed that moderator Chris Wallace didn’t demand answers on certain questions such as whether or not Democratic nominee Joe Biden would support packing the Supreme Court.

“It is a pretty dramatic change to our form of government, and I think could be very destructive,” Paul said. “And I think the media ought to force him to answer the question.

Paul also said that Trump needed to clarify his answer on white supremacy.

“I think that the point needs to be made explicitly that we are unequivocally opposed to White supremacy or any kind of political ideology based on race. That goes for anybody,” said Paul. “We believe in individual liberty, that every individual is judged as an individual, not collectively as a group.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also weighed in on Tuesday night’s debate and offered his own unique suggestion for a format change.

“Maybe we should give the moderator a mute button, given how President Trump just interrupts at will,” Schumer said on Wednesday. “The bottom line is Donald Trump doesn’t follow the rules and the commission has got to get a lot tougher.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates admitted they need to do more to ensure a smoother second and third debate. They also thanked Wallace for his professional handling of the first debate.

“The commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates,” the commission said in a statement.

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