Trump To Get Last Word As Biden Picks Podium Position In Debate

In a surprising move, President Joe Biden has chosen his debate podium position over the advantage of delivering the final remarks in his upcoming debate with former President Donald Trump. This decision, resulting from a coin flip, will place Biden on the right side of the stage, leaving Trump to occupy the left and deliver the final closing remarks.

CNN reported that Biden’s team won the crucial coin flip, allowing them to select either the podium position or the order of closing statements. Biden’s choice means he values his comfort on stage more than having the final say in the debate. Trump’s team quickly decided to have Biden speak first in the closing segment, giving Trump the last opportunity to address the audience.

Jim Messina, who worked closely with Biden’s campaign, told ABC News that Biden’s choice was based on personal comfort, as he prefers the right side of the stage. This preference over strategic advantage has raised some eyebrows, especially considering Trump’s penchant for having the final word.

Both candidates have agreed to strict debate rules set by CNN, which include keeping microphones muted unless they are actively speaking, and prohibiting the use of note cards or aides. These measures are intended to ensure a fair and uninterrupted exchange between the two candidates.

As the debate nears, Biden is reportedly deep in preparation at Camp David, while Trump is taking a more relaxed approach, engaging in policy discussions rather than formal debate prep. This stark contrast in preparation styles adds another layer of interest to the event.

The debate, moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, will be held in Atlanta and is set to last 90 minutes, with two commercial breaks. Both candidates will be allowed a bottle of water, a pen, and a pad of paper during the debate.

Biden’s choice to prioritize his comfort over having the final word has set the stage for an intriguing debate dynamic, leaving audiences eager to see how this will influence the overall proceedings on June 27.