The Trump campaign wants more debates

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Former President Donald Trump’s campaign sent a letter Thursday to the Commission on Presidential Debates asking for this year’s general election debates to take place “much earlier” and calling for more of them to be added to the schedule.
“While the Commission on Presidential Debates has already announced three presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate to occur later this year, we are in favor of these debates beginning much earlier,” Trump campaign managers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita said in the letter to commission members.
The first presidential debate is slated to take place on September 16 in San Marcos, Texas, 50 days before Election Day on November 5.
That schedule would still be earlier than it has been in the recent past.
In 2020, the first debate between Trump and Joe Biden took place 35 days before Election Day on September 29.
In 2016, the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton took place on September 26 – 43 days before Election Day.
According to the draft, the networks, which also include NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News, urged the presumptive presidential nominees “to publicly commit to participating in general election debates before November’s election.” Republican National Committee officials weighed in on the debates Thursday in response to the Trump campaign’s letter.
Biden has not publicly committed to debating Trump, although he has not ruled it out.

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In an email sent on Thursday to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the campaign of former president Donald Trump demanded that more general election debates be scheduled and that they happen “much earlier” this year.

In a letter to commission members, Trump campaign managers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita stated, “We are in favor of these debates beginning much earlier, even though the Commission on Presidential Debates has already announced three presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate to occur later this year.”.

In light of the fact that recent elections have seen voting start much earlier, Wiles and LaCivita stated that the commission “must move up the timetable of its proposed 2024 debates to ensure more Americans have a full chance to see the candidates before they start voting, and we would argue for adding more debates in addition to those on the currently proposed schedule.”. “.

“We’ve already stated that President Trump is open to having debates whenever, wherever, and at any time. The time to begin these discussions is right now,” they declared.

Fifty days before the November 5 election, on September 16, in San Marcos, Texas, is scheduled to host the inaugural presidential debate.

Even so, it would be an earlier schedule than it has been lately. Thirty-five days before Election Day in 2020, on September 29, was the date of the first debate between Trump and Joe Biden. 43 days prior to election day, on September 26, 2016, Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in their first debate of 2016.

The Trump campaign letter is the result of a collaboration between five of the biggest US television networks, including CNN, to draft a letter requesting that Biden and the former president pledge to take part in televised debates prior to the 2024 election.

The networks—which also include Fox News, NBC, CBS, and ABC—urged the front-runners for president “to publicly commit to participating in general election debates before November’s election,” according to the draft. “.

Responding to the Trump campaign’s letter, representatives of the Republican National Committee offered their opinions on the debates on Thursday.

RNC Chairman Michael Whatley and co-chair Lara Trump released a statement saying, “Election calendars have become longer than ever before— and scheduling debates after millions of Americans have already cast their ballots does a grave disservice to voters who want to hear solutions to the economic, border, and crime crises created by Joe Biden.”.

Though he hasn’t officially stated as much, Biden hasn’t ruled out engaging in a debate with Trump.

The president stated in the beginning of March, “It depends on his behavior.”.

This article was written with assistance from Hadas Gold and Ethan Cohen of CNN.

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