Donald Trump revealed on Monday that he would like to debate current president Joe Biden as the general elections approach. He made the statement in a radio interview on “The Dan Bongino Show,” saying that he would like to “immediately” debate his White House successor.
“I’d like to debate him now because we should debate. We should debate for the good of the country,” Trump said. Trump, who has not been a participant in any of the GOP primary debates this election cycle, shared a similar message in a December interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
At the time, he said he would “look forward” to debating Biden. “How about 10 debates?” Trump had boasted. This was several weeks before the GOP primary cycle began with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. The former POTUS won both against his Republican opponents.
Hewitt pointed out at the time that the Republican National Committee decided in 2022 to withdraw from presidential debates set up by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which consists of members from both parties and considers itself nonpartisan.
Instead, the RNC said it would require Republican presidential candidates to pledge to participate in debates only authorized by the Republican Party. Trump claimed that the commission was “corrupt,” saying someone turned off his microphone during a general election debate in 2016.
The organization decided during the 2020 presidential campaign that it would turn off Trump’s microphone while Biden was responding to a question, and vice versa. “They’re totally corrupt. They’re totally Democrat-leaning, that’s being nice when I use the word leaning,” Trump said in December.
“They are totally corrupt, and they’re terrible. With that being said, I would do 20 debates even if it was organized by them. I’ll do as many debates as they want. I’d do a debate every night with this guy. But he’ll never show up to a debate,” he continued.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced last year the dates and locations for three 2024 general election debates. The first is to come up on September 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos.
The second comes up on October 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, while the third is happening on October 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The Biden campaign at the time refused to comment on the proposed schedule.
In 2020, Trump and Biden took part in only two general election debates, instead of the typical three. One of the debates was canceled after Trump contracted Covid. Hopefully, all three will hold this year as the candidates try to convince voters to cast their lots with them.
Trump is still adamant on running for office despite all the legal cases he’s facing and Biden is no different. His approval ratings are down but he’s not giving up and won’t until the election results are announced. Who will win? Only time will tell.
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