President Donald Trump’s campaign scolded Joe Biden for refusing to engage in more than three 2020 presidential debates, as the Trump campaign was wanting to do four.
Trump’s Campaign Fights Back
Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, addressed the issue via letter on June 22, 2020. In the letter, written to the Commission on Presidential Debates, O’Malley Dillon stated that Biden would only do the three customary debates, the Washington Post reported.
“Joe Biden looks forward to facing Donald Trump in a multi-debate series that the American people have come to expect from their leaders; we hope that President Trump would not break that tradition or make excuses for a refusal to participate,” O’Malley Dillon wrote in the letter.
“Our position is straightforward and clear: Joe Biden will accept the Commission’s debates, on the Commission’s dates, under the Commission’s established format and the Commission’s independent choice of moderators,” O’Malley Dillon’s letter continued. “Donald Trump and Mike Pence should do the same.”
Coronavirus and Protests Hurting Trump’s Polling?
As President Trump’s polling numbers are behind Biden’s in the midst of the coronavirus scandal and the violent nationwide protests of George Floyd’s death, the president’s team has been pushing for more debates.
Polls in the 2016 election all proclaimed that Hillary Clinton would undoubtedly win by a significant margin, which ended up being entirely false. A lot of Americans learned to not trust polling numbers because of how inaccurate the polls were in 2016.
The President Wants Biden to Stop Being Unfairly Protected
The president himself has called for less moderator control in the debates and wants each candidate to have more time to thoroughly answer questions and lay out their goals during their potential presidency.
The Trump 2020 communications director, Tim Murtaugh, released a statement:
“It’s pretty obvious that Joe Biden’s handlers are afraid to send their candidate out without a script and teleprompter handy. An earlier and longer debate schedule is necessary so Americans can see the clear difference between President Trump’s vibrant leadership and Biden’s confused meandering.”
The statement was in response to Biden’s campaign announcement that he was confirmed for three debates that will take place before the November election, the Daily Caller reported.
“Based on his performance in a Philadelphia speech last week, it’s not a question of trusting Biden to answer the phone at 3:00 AM in an emergency, it’s a question of whether he can answer it at 3:00 in the afternoon. It’s been 81 days since Biden held a press conference and his handlers continue to encourage him to stay hidden. Americans deserve better,” Murtaugh continued.
Election Fairness Is the Key Goal
Another Trump campaign manager, Brad Parscale, released a statement. In it, he stressed that they wanted fair debates, but was hesitant in thinking the Biden campaign would ever agree to a bigger schedule.
As the race for the 2020 presidential election is fast approaching, it appears that the Democrat Party will continue to do whatever it takes to hinder Trump and make Biden’s questionable record appear as spotless as possible.