The final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign is scheduled for Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and already supporters of President Donald J. Trump's re-election have a reason for concern. The moderator of the event supports Trump's opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Kristen Welker of NBC News has been chosen to moderate the debate. Yeah, she works with Savannah Guthrie over at the Peacock Network. Do you remember how fair Guthrie was to Trump at last week's "town hall?" The event turned into a Guthrie interrogation of President Trump. Biden was treated with kid gloves over at ABC by George Stephanopoulos at the same time.

Fox News reports that "Welker’s family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years and Welker and her family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas in 2012." Trump is about to get hammered. Again. Do you think Welker is going to ask Biden tough questions about his ties to Burisma and China? Yeah, me neither.

Can the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates find any fair and impartial debate moderators? Fox News "never-Trumper" Chris Wallace moderated the first debate. C-SPAN's Steve Scully was selected to moderate the second debate but was suspended when he lied about seeking advice from a Trump critic. Scully, of course, was also a former intern for Democrat nominee Joe Biden. The debate was canceled anyway when Trump refused to do it remotely. And now they give us Welker.

Let's not forget USA Today's Susan Page did a less-than-stellar job moderating the vice presidential debate.

A solution to this would be to eliminate the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderated debates. Just have the candidates ask questions of each other with a timekeeper in the room to keep it fair. Perhaps a computer could spit out random topics every so often.

Anything has got to be better than what we have now.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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