The lines for CNN's June 27 presidential debate

The first presidential debate of the 2024 general election season will take place in less than two weeks, and CNN, the network hosting the program, announced it on Saturday. some rules for the event.

President Biden and former President Donald Trump both previously agreed to participate in the CNN debate, set for June 27 in Atlanta, and a September 10 debate broadcast by ABC News. They are bypassing a decades-old tradition of three fall meetings organized by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Other non-major party candidates, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., have a lower chance of qualifying for the CNN debate due to polling place requirements and ballot access.

According to CNN, Trump and Biden agreed to accept the rules and format of the debate, which were outlined in letters the network sent to their campaigns in May. Here are the details:

There are two commercial breaks during the debate. The inclusion of corporate sponsors is a departure from the Commission on Presidential Debates events.

Campaign staffers will not be allowed to interact with their candidate during the breaks, the network said, denying Biden and Trump the chance to work with their advisers for an hour and a half.

Opening and closing statements, responses

There will be no opening statements from candidates at the start of the debate, but they will get a two-minute closing statement, CNN confirmed on Saturday.

Ninety minutes of debate time will start once the first question has been answered. When asked a question, each candidate is given two minutes to respond, followed by one minute of rebuttals and responses to the rebuttals. There will be another minute that can be used at the discretion of the moderators.

There will also be a visual reminder of response timing. Red lights visible to the candidates will flash when they have five seconds left to respond. The lights will turn solid red when the time has elapsed.

Trump and Biden have agreed to stand on stage at uniform lecterns. Their positions on stage are determined by a coin flip, according to CNN.

The candidates' microphones will be muted throughout the program except when it is their turn to speak – an effort to limit interruptions seen in previous debates. CNN said debate moderators Jake Tapper and Dana Bash “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce the timing and ensure a civil discussion.”

Each candidate receives a pen, a notepad and a bottle of water. No props or written notes are allowed on stage.

CNN previously confirmed that there would be no studio audience during the June debate, which has not been the case at many previous presidential debates.

During debates, the audience is often instructed to remain silent, except at the beginning and end of the program. But that rule was not always followedleading to cheers and jeers interrupting the proceedings.

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