House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday, Aug. 27, at a press conference that she does not agree that there should be a presidential debate before the November election. Presidential candidate Joe Biden said he will face incumbent President Trump in the scheduled debates.
According to Politico, Pelosi said, “I don’t think there should be any debates (…) I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States.” Without much foundation, Pelosi relied on the assumption that President Trump is not behaving properly in relation to truth, evidence, and facts, and that would be reason enough not to hold the debate.
Contradicting his Democratic colleague, presidential candidate Joe Biden said in an interview with MSNBC, that he will not miss the debates with President Trump and promised that he will take the opportunity to confront his rival and act as a “fact checker on the stage.”
Biden has focused his election campaign largely virtually from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and only ventured out for small, socially distant events near his home. Yesterday, he announced that he will begin attending some events in person with care and “in a responsible manner.”
Biden named Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Arizona as some of the states being considered for his in-person event campaign. The Associated Press reported.
Regarding the debates, Pelosi suggested that the two candidates, instead of confronting each other and discussing their ideas as is traditionally done, hold individual events where they answer questions from reporters and “have a conversation with the American people,” she said.
Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump’s campaign, in a statement to Politico, criticized Pelosi’s comments and warned that Biden is still getting too much advice from the speaker and there are people who don’t want him to run for office against President Trump. And Murtaugh said the fear of facing debate comes because they know Biden is incapable of defending the radical left policies they have adopted.
If there is no change in plans by the Democrats, who still cannot agree, Biden and Trump will face off during three debates before Election Day. The first is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
The Trump administration made a request to the Commission on Presidential Debates to add a fourth debate before the scheduled ones or to move up the three confirmed debates, since 16 states will have begun voting at the time of the first debate on Sept. 29. But the commission recently rejected the request.