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Pelosi On Prez Debates: “I Don’t Think There Should Be Any”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with the press on Thursday and responded to a question regarding the Presidential Debates that’s already sparking controversy. “I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi told reporters. “I do not think that the President of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.”

Pelosi quantified her remarks by doing something she does well: sizing up Trump in just a few sharp sentences. “I think that he’ll probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency,” she said, citing what she called his “disgraceful” actions during the 2016 debates with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “He does that every day,” she added. “But I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be.”

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“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” she added.

This isn’t the first time the Speaker has suggested canceling the debates. Pelosi spoke with David Axelrod on his podcast, “The Axe Files” last week and suggested an alternative to the traditional debate protocol. “My view, I wouldn’t even debate Trump because unless you have a lie detector, or a truth teller,” she said, and adding that Biden “has said he will, and that’s great.”

Pelosi proposed that the candidates take separate stages and answer questions about their policies in a “conversation with the American people” instead of “an exercise in skulduggery.” But she acknowledged that the Biden campaign “thinks in a different way about this.”

The Trump Campaign has claimed they’re eager to start debating Biden, and are pushing to start sooner and even add more debates to the standard three. And despite being accused of using drugs such as Adderall, Trump himself has suggested both candidates take a drug test before any debates are scheduled. As usual, Trump offered no evidence his rival might be on drugs other than to say: “I’m pretty good at this stuff.”

Some within the Democratic Party have said Biden shouldn’t participate in debates with Trump, pointing to the polling advantage Biden has. “Remember when he was stalking Hillary Clinton during the debate,” Pelosi reminded Axelrod. “Why wouldn’t the press have said go back to your place? Why did they let that happen?”

Conservatives immediately jumped on the Speaker’s remarks, claiming Biden is “scared” to debate Trump, despite his terrible track record in the candidates’ debates leading up to the three Presidential debates, where he also did poorly.

Biden has of course left his basement on several occasions, all of which are showcased in a new powerhouse ad that will be aired just before the last night of the RNC.



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