Both Biden and Trump agree on debates in June and September

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The debate is so unusually early on the political calendar that neither Biden nor Trump will have formally accepted his party’s nomination.
Hours later, Biden said he had accepted an invitation from CNN, adding, “Over to you, Donald.” Trump, who had insisted he would debate Biden anytime and anyplace, said on Truth Social he’d be there, too, adding, “Let’s get ready to Rumble!!
“Trump says he’ll arrange his own transportation,” Biden wrote on X, working in a jab about the perks of incumbency.
“Donald Trump lost two debates to me in 2020, since then he hasn’t shown up for a debate,” Biden said in a post on X.
Disagreements about moderators and rules were some of the questions that prompted the formation of the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1987.
Before the commission was formed in 1987, the presidential debates of 1976, 1980 and 1984 were organized by the League of Women Voters.
Plans for a vice presidential debate have yet to be announced.
AP AUDIO: Biden and Trump agree on debates in June and September, but working out details could be challenging AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports President Biden and Donald Trump appear to agree on holding a pair of debates.


Washington (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that they would participate in two presidential debates. The first will be hosted by CNN on June 27 and the second on September 27. 10 hosted by ABC, preparing the audience for their first presidential match, which will take place in a little more than a month.

The Democrat’s declaration that he would not take part in the fall presidential debates sponsored by the nonpartisan commission that has arranged them for more than three decades was followed by the swift agreement on the schedule. The plan put forth by Biden’s campaign was for media organizations to coordinate the debates between the likely Democratic and Republican candidates themselves.

As neither Biden nor Trump will have formally accepted their party’s nomination, the debate will take place at an exceptionally early point in the political calendar.

Soon after, Biden said, “Over to you, Donald,” after confirming that he had accepted an invitation from CNN. They quickly decided to hold the second debate on ABC. Trump, who had previously insisted he would debate Biden whenever and wherever, announced on Truth Social that he would also be present. He then added, “Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!”.

In a jab at the benefits of being in office, Biden wrote on X, “Trump says he’ll arrange his own transportation.”. “I’m also bringing my plane,”. I’m going to hold onto it for four more years. “.

The speed at which the contests were set up illustrates how each of the two unpopular candidates believes he can defeat the other in a face-to-face confrontation. While Biden’s team feels that Trump’s frequently inflammatory rhetoric will serve as a reminder to voters of the reasons they ousted him from the White House four years ago, Trump and his team are certain that the debates will heighten their concerns about Biden’s age and competence.

The presidential debates are always a pivotal event in the political calendar, but this year could be especially significant because voters are dissatisfied with their options and have voiced concerns about the candidates’ advanced ages (Trump is 77 and Biden is 81).

The competitors exchanged sharp barbs on social media, with each claiming victory in their most recent match, which took place in 2020.

“I defeated Donald Trump in two debates in 2020, and he hasn’t appeared for a debate since,” Biden wrote in a post on X. He seems to be trying to argue with me once more right now. Make my day, then, friend. “.

With regard to Biden, Trump responded, “He can’t put two sentences together!” calling him the “WORST debater I have ever faced.”.

After the conclusion of Trump’s criminal hush money trial in New York, the conclusion of Biden’s trips abroad to France and Italy, the end of the Supreme Court’s term, and the anticipated beginning of two criminal trials for the president’s son, Hunter Biden, the June debate is likely to mark the end of a busy and unsettling period.

According to CNN, the debate will start at nine o’clock. M. In a departure from recent history, ET in its Atlanta studios without an audience in attendance. CNN said that anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will serve as moderators. ABC did not provide information about the location of the event. Disputes over moderators and regulations were among the issues that led to the establishment of the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1987.

Two people with knowledge of the situation who discussed internal discussions on condition of anonymity claimed that after years of complaints and perceived slights, the two campaigns and television networks had held weeks of informal talks on ways to get around the commission’s control over presidential debates.

It was suggested by Biden’s campaign that independent contenders like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. directly from the discussions. Kennedy and other third-party candidates might be eligible to compete under the debate commission’s rules if they were able to obtain enough ballot access to receive 270 electoral votes and scored at least 15% in a number of national polls.

The same qualification requirements were announced by CNN and ABC, according to which candidates must receive at least 15% of the vote in four different national surveys of likely or registered voters who fit their criteria.

Kennedy responded by saying that Trump and Biden were “trying to exclude me from their debate because they are afraid I would win.”. “Keeping viable candidates off the debate stage undermines democracy,” he declared. “.

The debates will mark the first general election contests that are broadcast on television and are hosted by different networks. The 1960 debates, co-hosted by the top networks of the time, demonstrated the ability of the media to shape public opinion. The 1976, 1980, and 1984 presidential debates were arranged by the League of Women Voters prior to the commission’s establishment in 1987.

A vice presidential debate has not yet been scheduled.

More and earlier debates, according to Trump, should be held so that the public can watch the two candidates square off before early voting starts in September. In fact, he has suggested holding a discussion outside the Manhattan courtroom where he is presently facing charges. Additionally, at some of Biden’s rallies, he has been making fun of him by holding an empty podium.

Sen. Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles, senior campaign advisers for Trump, challenged Biden to agree to at least two more debates in a memo to Jen O’Malley Dillon, the chair of the Biden campaign, on Wednesday. They suggested holding one debate each month, with events scheduled for June, July, August, and September and the vice presidential debate.

“More dates will give voters the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the past accomplishments and future plans of each candidate,” they wrote.

Posting later on Truth Social, Trump announced that he had consented to a third debate, to be hosted by Fox.

“Please allow this FACT to show that I agree to engage in a FoxNews debate with Crooked Joe Biden. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2. Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will serve as the presenters. I’m grateful, DJT,” he wrote.

In response, O’Malley Dillon released a statement in which she charged that Trump had “a long history of playing games with debates: complaining about the rules, breaking those rules, pulling out at the last minute, or not showing up at all.”. “.

“No more activities. No more mayhem or arguments about arguments. She wrote, “If Donald Trump shows up, we’ll see him in Atlanta on June 27.”.

During a Wednesday morning interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump expressed his skepticism regarding Biden’s attendance and made some recommendations of his own. He advocated for bigger venues and said that the debates “should go two hours” with both men standing.

“It’s simply more thrilling,” he remarked.

The nonpartisan commission has long been the target of resentment from Biden’s campaign, which claims it misapplied its regulations during the 2020 Biden-Trump contest, most notably by refusing to impose its COVID-19 testing requirements on Trump and his associates.

AP Audio: Biden and Trump confirm June and September debates, but hammering out the specifics may be difficult.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden seem to be in agreement about having two debates, according to AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, O’Malley Dillon echoed the Trump campaign’s objections and stated that the Biden campaign was against the Commission on Presidential Debates’ suggested fall debate dates because they would fall after some Americans’ primary elections. She expressed her annoyance at previous rule infractions as well as the commission’s insistence on having the debates in front of an actual crowd.

The purpose of the debates, according to her, should be to benefit American voters who watch them on television or at home, not to amuse boisterous or disruptive partisans and donors in person.

Not that Trump was overly fond of the commission either. He objected to technical difficulties during his first debate with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 and expressed displeasure when a 2020 debate with Biden was postponed due to the Republican’s COVID-19 infection. Prior to the 2024 elections, the Republican National Committee had already pledged to cooperate with the commission in no way.

On May 1, the Trump campaign released a statement describing the commission’s proposed debate schedule as “inacceptable.”. “.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the commission declared, “The American public deserves substantive debates from the front-runners for the presidency and vice presidency.”. “To ensure that such debates reliably take place and reach the widest television, radio, and streaming audience,” the organization stated as its mission.

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