Trump and his campaign team seem to think that his debate style fires up his base. And with polling numbers looking terrible for the President, he can’t wait to get back on stage. According to a report from the New York Times, Trump wants 4 debates with Joe Biden and he wants them to start soon.
One thing that could complicate Trump’s plan is that Biden has yet to be named the Democratic nominee. The Trump planning meeting featured surrogates like sometimes lawyer Rudy Giuliani and campaign manager Brad Parscale.
Maggie Haberman writes:
“The Trump camp pushed for four debates, one more than is typically held in the general election, and argued that they should start earlier because there may be an increase in early voting as people struggle with fears of the coronavirus in crowded places, according to a person briefed on the meeting. Traditionally, the first debate is held in September, after the nominating conventions. Mr. Trump’s advisers want them to begin soon after Labor Day.”
Trump, who has complained about unfair treatment during debates in the past, wants to be able to pick the moderators.
Trump campaign wants four debates and for them to start sooner because of early voting > https://t.co/8OQouvb3Oc
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 18, 2020
A Biden deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, responded, “But there’s a catch: He’ll only do it if he can pick the moderators. We are not going to ride the roller coaster of the ever-changing Trump campaign position on debates, nor are we going to be distracted by his demands.”
You can read the full report here.
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