Trump, Biden Accept Dates for 2024 Debates

Trump, Biden Accept Dates for 2024 Debates

( – The two presumptive presidential nominees, incumbent Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, have been exchanging barbs back and forth. Biden took aim at the former commander-in-chief in a Mother’s Day ad, then three days later, challenged him to a debate. Trump accepted, and now there are two events on the calendar.

On Wednesday, May 15, Biden posted on X, formerly Twitter, that he “received and accepted an invitation from [CNN] for a debate on June 27.” He then put the ball squarely in Trump’s court. The former president was quick to respond, accepting his opponent’s challenge. He said he “will be there,” adding that he’s looking forward to visiting Atlanta. He also expressed enthusiasm in a social media post, writing, “Let’s get ready to Rumble!”

The two will now face off head-to-head on CNN on June 27 and ABC on September 10.

In sending the invite, Biden bucked decades-old traditions, bypassing the Commission on Presidential Debates, which traditionally sets the schedule. Normally, the debates would take place in the fall, but Biden’s campaign said that was “out of touch” with what voters want, which is their candidates’ stance ahead of time.

Trump’s campaign wanted even more debates, including one in July and one in August, but Biden turned those down. His campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said he “made his terms clear for two one-on-one debates” with Trump accepting them. The former president also asked that voters be present for the events, with Biden bucking that notion, too. Their presence, his campaign said, would be a distraction and take time from the actual debate.

Biden’s other demands included not including third-party candidates, something Robert F. Kennedy Jr. objected to, and coverage by limited news outlets, especially not Fox News. He only wants CNN, CBS, Telemundo, or ABC to host.

The president also requested that after the candidate’s allotted time expires, the mics be muted, saying “there should be firm time limits for answers, and alternate turns to speak,” to keep it fair for both parties.

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