Debates will likely continue as scheduled despite Tuesday's issues, professor says

Posted at 8:22 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:41:01-04

After the chaos that ensued during Tuesday night’s debate, it’s worth asking: Will there even be another debate?

Calvin University political science professor Doug Koopman says his sense is the vice presidential and presidential debates scheduled for next month will proceed – but something will have to change.

Sponsors will probably have to rethink the format or how to control the conversation throughout so more information can be provided to viewers.

“That was a horrendous debate,” Koopman said. “I think we didn’t learn a lot of new information. There were a few one-liners early on in the first half-hour. The debate was okay when they talked about the court, and they talked about health care. But Chris Wallace sort of started to lose control even more so in the last hour.”

Koopman says that while undecided voters probably wouldn’t learn must from debates like this, they’re still a reflection on what does and doesn’t work in Washington.