A university debate coach in Utah recommended a mute button for the next presidential debate.
“If someone goes over time, you turn it (the candidate’s mic) off,” said Mark Galaviz, who teaches debate and coaches the Weber State debate team.
Galaviz called the presidential face-off in Cleveland on Tuesday night “a debate in name only,” and that if President Trump and Joe Biden were his students, they would be in danger of failing.
“I would give President Trump, unfortunately, an ‘F,’" said Galaviz, “and I would give candidate Biden a ‘D minus.’”
He said if the same debate happened in his class, he would “start at ground zero” with instruction in Debate 101.
Students at Weber seemed to reinforce the coach’s point on Wednesday.
“I don’t really feel like there were a lot of points made,“ said student Drake Oborn.
“It kind of reminds me of two siblings,“ added Clarissa Taylor.
“They didn’t really get to the core issues,“ said Nick Kennedy.
Galaviz also called for an impartial “adjudicator” at the next debate.
You make them non-partisan,” he said. “There are great debate coaches out there at colleges and universities, and you give them the power to shut off a mic, and control the flow of the debate, so we can get some real answers.“