Want a real debate? Start here:
-pick specific topics, e.g., the US government response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
-Trump defends the response, and Biden argues in the negative (other times Biden defends topics such as the ACA, and Trump argues in the negative)
-Topics are selected in advance, so each person can prepare before the event
-one person at a time is at one microphone
-each turn is 5 minutes. Speakers can end early, but cannot go longer
-when not their turn to speak, the person sits down, away from the microphone. Only the speaker stands
-no audience--only the moderator, broadcast crew and security
-each speaker has a designated amount of time in which to speak, after which the microphone is turned off
-if the speaker doesn't sit down after their turn, or the other person in the debate jumps up too soon, you lose your turn. Shout out, you lose your turn
-each speaker gets two turns per topic, then the topic is no longer discussed. Go back to the old topic, and you lose your turn
-topics include matters of Trump policy from his administration, and matters each candidate has declared support for, going forward into the next presidential term
First, viewers will hear real responses, or will see candidates who have no ability to discuss topics and issues of the day. Second, if either person acts up, they will be called on it, with consequences which will hurt their chances. Last, each person will be forced to talk TO each other and the moderator, and not PAST each other.
I think this would be great. It will never happen, nor will anything like it...