McConnell: Next Trump-Biden debate should be more respectful

McConnell: Next Trump-Biden debate should be more respectful
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAssaults on Roe v Wade increasing Trump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push MORE (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that the next presidential debate should be more "respectful," but didn't directly criticize President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE's performance Tuesday night.

"There will be two more debates and I hope both the candidates will approach the next debate in a little more respectful way. It would be a good idea, I think, to let each of the candidates finish their answers," McConnell told Fox News.

"We got two more to go and I'm hoping they'll be a little better for the American people's viewing," he added.


McConnell's comments come after Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE engaged in a roughly two-hour chaotic debate on Tuesday night, their first face-off during the election.  

The debate was marked by constant interruptions, cross talk, personal attacks and Trump at times sparring with moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRepublicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan GOP senator: Two sides 'far apart' on infrastructure compromise Biden economic adviser frames infrastructure plan as necessary investment MORE, who struggled to get the candidates to stick to their time limits. 

McConnell, asked about his thoughts on the debate, quipped: "Well it wasn't a Lincoln-Douglas, I can tell you that." 

Lincoln-Douglas debates are tightly structured with both candidates speaking one at a time with strict time limits. 

Other GOP senators were more direct this week in their criticism, as they found themselves on defense having to answer questions about Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy during the debate instead of being able to talk about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination. 

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseSasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls NYT's Stephens says Ted Cruz more 'unctuous' than Eddie Haskell MORE (R-Neb.) called the debate a "shitshow," Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families The American Rescue Plan was a step toward universal basic income Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (R-Utah) called it an "embarrassment," and Sen. Murkowski (R-Alaska) said it was "awful." 

The Commission on Presidential Debates said it was exploring potential changes to better maintain orderly discussion.