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Moderator Chris Wallace blames Donald Trump for chaotic debate

Moderator Chris Wallace blames Donald Trump for chaotic debate
Moderator Chris Wallace has blamed Donald Trump for the chaos that ensued during the presidential debate.
Speaking on Fox News earlier this morning, Wallace expressed his frustration that Mr Trump interrupted him or Democratic nominee Joe Biden a total of 145 times.
"He bears the primary responsibility for what happened on Tuesday night," Mr Wallace said.
"I felt like I had gotten together all of the ingredients. I had baked this beautiful, delicious cake.
"And then, frankly, the president put his foot in it."
Chris Wallace struggled to maintain order during the debate. (AP)
Mr Wallace noted that Biden was doing "some" interrupting, but less than half as much as the president.
"I tried hard to prepare for a serious debate.
"Forty-five minutes in I realised what a total mess and disservice to the country."
Wallace said he not watched the debate in full to reflect upon it, and was in no hurry to.
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Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the first presidential debate. (AP)
The group responsible for organising the event, the Commission on Presidential Debates, said it was considering a mute button to stop candidates from interrupting each other in the next debate.
But such a change would require the consent of both candidates, something Mr Trump has already refused to do.
"Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?" he tweeted earlier this morning.
"I won the debate big, based on compilation of polls etc. Thank you!"
His campaign senior adviser Jason Miller lashed out at the Debate Commission for considering new rules.
"For the most part, these are permanent swamp monsters," Miller said.
Mr Trump and Mr Biden will face off again on October 13.
Mr Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said Mr Biden will abide by the rules set by the commission.
President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP)
"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 behaviour," she said.
"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."
That debate will be a town hall format, where 15 to 20 undecided voters will be allowed to ask questions of the candidates.
President Donald Trump answers a question as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the first presidential debate. (AP)
Next Tuesday vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will debate in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Scientific polls showed voters considered Mr Biden the winner of the last debate.
In the debate, Mr Trump made serious accusations against Mr Biden's son, insulted the former vice president's intelligence and refused to denounce white supremacists.
At several points Mr Biden's frustration with Mr Trump's interruptions became very clear.
"Will you shut up, man?" Mr Biden said at one point.
"It's hard to get any word in with this clown."
Mr Trump declared the election to be "rigged" and would not commit to accepting the final results.
"I'm urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that's what has to happen," Mr Trump said.
"If I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can't go along with that.
"That means you have a fraudulent election."
Absentee and early ballots are already been cast, but Election Day itself is November 3.