Biden Team States The Conditions For Biden-Trump Debate

The letter to the CPD criticized the organization for being "unable or unwilling to enforce the rules in the 2020 debates," stating that the result was far from the orderly and informative process the voters deserved and should expect in 2024.

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Biden Team States The Conditions For Biden-Trump Debate.

President Biden and former President Donald Trump have made plans to officially debate, but the offer from the Biden team came with several strings attached.

Trump extended an open invitation to debate anytime, anywhere, and Biden accepted the challenge, responding with a video on social media.

Alongside Biden’s announcement, his campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), outlining the critical limits they were placing on any debate between him and Trump.

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Biden’s campaign heavily criticized the CPD for making debates “huge spectacles with large audiences” in its letter to the organization. The new debates between Trump and Biden must take place in a television studio with just the candidates and the moderator present.

The campaign emphasized that the debates should be conducted for the benefit of the American voters watching on television and at home, rather than as entertainment for an in-person audience with disruptive partisans and donors.

They believe that a television studio with just the candidates and moderators present is a better, more cost-efficient way to proceed, focused solely on the interests of voters.

Biden’s campaign insists that the debate must be one versus one, with no third-party candidates allowed. This exclusion notably affects independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has made his presence known in polls.

The campaign argues that the debates should be one-on-one, allowing voters to compare the only two candidates with any statistical chance of prevailing in the electoral college, without squandering debate time on candidates with no prospect of becoming president.

The Biden campaign also imposed restrictions on the number of major news outlets that can host a 2024 presidential debate.

They specified that the debate should be hosted by any broadcast organization that hosted a Republican primary debate in 2016 with Trump’s participation and a Democratic primary debate in 2020 with President Biden’s participation.

This rule effectively limits the networks that can host a debate to CNN, ABC, CBS, or Telemundo.

The Biden campaign criticized the CPD for allowing extensive crosstalk and interruptions during the 2020 debates between Trump and Biden. As a result, they are now demanding that both candidates’ microphones be muted once their allotted speaking time expires.

They emphasized the need for firm time limits for answers and alternate turns to speak, promoting adherence to the rules and orderly proceedings.

The letter to the CPD criticized the organization for being “unable or unwilling to enforce the rules in the 2020 debates,” stating that the result was far from the orderly and informative process the voters deserved and should expect in 2024.

Trump has accepted Biden’s debate offer despite the restrictions, however, with the first encounter scheduled for June 27 to be hosted by CNN.

Trump posted, “I am Ready and Willing to Debate Crooked Joe at the two proposed times in June and September.

“I would strongly recommend more than two debates and, for excitement purposes, a very large venue, although Biden is supposedly afraid of crowds – That’s only because he doesn’t get them. Just tell me when I’ll be there. ‘Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!’”


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