The moderators in presidential debates should have the ability to stop the candidates from speaking when their time is up, and also force them to actually answer the questions that are asked. Here's the best available solution in my book:
Moderators of political debates should have the option of silencing the mic like they do on @AroundtheHorn.— Taylor C. Snow (@taylorcsnow) September 27, 2016
A couple other possibilities I'd also support:
- The candidates' microphones could mute automatically for 10 seconds after their allotted time has run out.
- In addition to a moderator-controlled mute button, how about a black curtain that pops up and hides the candidate from our view? That way, when they fail to answer a question they can be muted and/or blocked from sight until the do.
Around the Horn host Tony Reali clearly read this blog and decided to voice his agreement on Twitter: