ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS19 NEWS) -- During Thursday night's debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, one of the ground rules they have agreed to is that microphones will be muted except when it is a candidate's turn to speak.

Larry Sabato with the UVA Center for Politics says this is a good idea that has nothing to do with partisanship.

"We've gotten to the point where candidates are so rude, especially Trump, that they will not let the other candidates speak. You can't have a debate that way and people can't learn anything that way. It's just a basic rule of politics and humanity. Let the other candidate have the time to which they are entitled. I hope this will solve that problem. We'll see," he says.

Sabato says the "gentlemanly" part of American politics has been lost in debates. He refers to 2020 as an example. According to CNN, Trump interrupted Biden more than 100 times.

Another one of the ground rules is having no audience present. Sabato said this format reminds him of the 1960 debates between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy that were held in TV studios.

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time.