As journalist Yashar Ali points out, 10 out of the 13 members of the commission are over age 70 and there's little regional diversity. "Three are former U.S. legislators," says Ali. "There’s a federal lobbyist. A former CEO of two major multinational corporations. A managing director of an investment bank and of a private equity fund. And a former FCC chairman-turned-partner at a major law firm...The Commission on Presidential Debates bills itself as non-partisan but it's actually bi-partisan. Even though there are technically two board members who are registered independents, there are no practicing independents on the board...The youngest member of the Commission on Presidential Debates is 46-years-old and a managing director of a private equity firm...There is no one in their 20s and no one in their 30s on the board which picks the moderators of the debates."
Debate commission co-chair: We have "no evidence" President Trump is clear of coronavirus: “We’re talking about something that will happen in less than a week, if it had originally gone forward. Less than a week,” Frank Fahrenkopf, the Republican co-chair of the commission, told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show. “And right now, as I understand it … at this point in time, there is no evidence whatsoever whether or not when the president tested negative.”
Mike Pence talked past moderator Susan Page’s closing signal 17 times during the VP debate: That's despite Pence and Kamala Harris ending up with nearly equal time. "Pence talked past Page’s closing signal 17 times, for a total of 4 minutes and 21 seconds—which means 11.9 percent of his debate performance came after he’d been told his turn was over," says Timothy Burke. "Harris went over the limit 9 times, for a total of 2 minutes and 4 seconds, or 5.7 percent of her speaking time. (This tally does not even include the occasions Pence tried to grab time directly from Harris, by talking over her at the beginning or in the middle of her response time.)"