Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she understands why people were turned off by the first presidential debate. But, she tweeted, it’s important to not allow that to turn into apathy.
In a series of tweets, Obama told her more than 17 million followers that voters must remain engaged for the Nov. 3 election.
“If you were turned off by the President’s behavior last night, I feel you. Believe me, I do. But we can’t let him win by tuning out altogether. That’s what he wants. So turn those feelings into action—turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden” she writes.
She adds in another tweet in the same thread: “It’s the only way we can get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country. You can start by reaching out to everyone you know. Make sure they’re registered. Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote.
In the final post, Obama says, “Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote. And then follow up with them, every day, to make sure they cast their ballot. Because in this election, we’ve got to vote for Joe in numbers that cannot be denied.”
Viewers mostly considered the first presidential debate a chaotic mess. CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.” An issue at the center of the messiness was constant interruptions and yelling from the candidates. The commission that oversees debates plans to allow the moderator to cut off the microphone of a candidate while it is not his turn to speak, CBS reports.
The two remaining 2020 presidential debates take place at 9 p.m. EST on Oct. 15 in Miami and Oct. 22 in Nashville.
Campaigns respond to debate changes
After the debate commissioner announced it was planning to make changes to the upcoming debates, CBS spoke with the campaigns to get there take.
Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, criticized the commission for the forthcoming measures.
“They’re only doing this because their guy got pummeled last night,” Murtaugh said in a statement to the news agency. “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs. They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”
Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Biden’s campaign, said the former vice president is ready for the next contest in Miami.
“He’ll be focused on answering questions from the voters there, under whatever set of rules the Commission develops to try to contain Donald Trump’s behavior,” she said in a statement according to CBS. “The president will have to choose between responding to voters about questions for which he has offered no answers in this campaign — or repeating last night’s unhinged meltdown.”
[H/T NY Post]