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Debates panel says changes under consideration 'to ensure a more orderly discussion'

Changes are under consideration for the next two debates between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE after their first meeting Tuesday night descended into chaos. 

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a bipartisan body that helps plan and execute the quadrennial meetings between presidential and vice presidential contenders, lamented that the messiness of the first debate made clear that changes need to be made to make the next event more “orderly.”

“The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly,” the group said in a statement. 

“The Commission is grateful to Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE 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 group added, referring to Fox News host Chris Wallace, who struggled to keep the discussion on track Tuesday night.

The remarks come as the debate drew a flood of criticism from media figures and lawmakers alike who said the invective-filled affair was a mess.

“That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck,” CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperWallace struggles to keep order in nasty first debate CNN's Wolf Blitzer: 'I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last presidential debate' between Biden, Trump CNN's Dana Bash on first debate: 'That was a s--- show' MORE said. “That was the worst debate I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t even a debate. It was a disgrace and primarily it was because of President Trump, who spent the entire time interrupting, not adhering to the rules he agreed to.”

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