Trump Accepts Biden’s Call For Debates

( – With six months to go until the 2024 presidential election, things between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump are heating up. Biden recently attacked Trump in a Mother’s Day ad, prompting his opponent to strike back. Then, the president threw down the gauntlet, challenging Trump to a debate. The former president readily agreed.

In the request Biden sent out on Wednesday, May 15, he circumvented the Commission on Presidential Debates, a bipartisan organization that sets the schedule and format. Both parties, as of late, have shunned the commission because of perceived differences. The Republican Party has accused it of bias. Biden’s campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said the organization is “out of step with changes in the structure of our elections and the interests of voters.”

Rather than host them in the fall, as is tradition, the debates will occur on June 27 and September 10. The first will be hosted by CNN, and the second by ABC. Trump tried to push Biden for more, saying he accepted an invitation from Fox News for October, but the president’s campaign wasn’t having it.

Trump and Biden seem to have different preferences as to the debate style, too. Trump wants voters present, and Biden is against it, with his campaign saying it only leads to “raucous or disruptive partisans and donors… consum[ing] valuable debate time with noisy spectacles of approval or jeering.”

The debates will be just the two candidates, as the Biden campaign shut down the idea of entertaining any third party “with no prospect of becoming president.” Instead, it wants the voters to hear the two primary nominees go head-to-head on the important issues plaguing Americans these days. In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accused the two of “colluding” to exclude him from the events because they were afraid of him winning.

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