The first of three debates between President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is to be held at the end of September—as late as possible before the next election.
Why is the first debate to happen after the early ballots have already been cast? That is the question that President Trump and his campaign want answers to.
“We want debates starting sooner,” the new Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien said on Monday in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
In an interview on Wednesday, Aug. 5, on “Fox & Friends,” President Trump said, “The one problem I have, the debate’s very late. It’s at the end of September and a lot of ballots will already be cast by that time.”
“Why are they putting the first debate so late? The first debate should be before the first—at least before the first ballots go out—and they have it a month later, almost a month later. It’s ridiculous,” the president added.
His re-election campaign has requested a fourth debate be added, with the date to be set for early in September, before many states begin posting absentee ballots to voters. The Trump campaign has agreed to the three set debates, and one re-election official told Fox News, “We want those three debates and another one earlier than those.”
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates requesting a fourth debate. If that is not possible, the first debate—scheduled for Sept. 29—be rescheduled for early September.
Trump campaign representative Rudy Giuliani proposed a list of two dozen moderators that the commission could choose from in the letter. Anchors from Fox News and Fox Business Network were among the names, reported Fox News.
Giuliani used strong words in the letter, pushing for changes to keep up with the times.
“Simply put, the commission’s current approach is an outdated dinosaur and not reflective of voting realities in 2020. … For a nation already deprived of a traditional campaign schedule because of the COVID-19 [CCP Virus] global pandemic, it makes no sense to also deprive so many Americans of the opportunity to see and hear two competing visions for our country’s future before millions of votes are cast,” Giuliani said.
Andrew Bates from the Biden campaign wrote a response to the Trump campaign request.
“We have said all along, including in a letter to the commission in June, that Joe Biden will appear on the dates that the commission selected and in the locations they chose. Donald Trump has not, continually trying to insert his choice of friendly moderators, now including one who just published an op-ed offering ‘the case’ for Trump’s re-election. Joe Biden will be there. We await Donald Trump’s decision—and perhaps the president should put as much time into managing COVID as he does into this.”
Fox News reported eight states will begin mailing absentee ballots to voters more than 45 days before the election. They are Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Another 15 states start sending out absentee ballots to voters 45 days before the election. Those states are Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.