President Trumps Campaign Wants Debate in Early September

President Donald Trumps campaign wants a fourth debate between the president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The first presidential debate isnt scheduled to take place until Sept. 29.

If a fourth debate isnt approved by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the final debate—currently slated for Oct. 22—should be moved up to early September, Rudy Giuliani, a representative of Trumps campaign, said in an Aug. 5 letter to the commission.

The motivation for the proposed change: as many as eight million Americans in 16 states will have already started voting by Sept. 29; by the time of the second scheduled debate in mid-October, as many as 35 million Americans in 29 states will have already started.

“Simply put, the Commissions current approach is an outdated dinosaur and not reflective of voting realities in 2020,” Giuliani wrote.

“For a nation already deprived of a traditional campaign schedule because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it makes no sense to also deprive so many Americans of the opportunity to see and hear the two competing visions for our countrys future before millions of votes have been cast.”

Bill Stepien, Trumps campaign manager, sounded a similar theme on Monday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a press conference in Wilmington, Del., on July 28, 2020. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

“We want more debates. We want debates starting sooner,” Stepien said. “First debate is scheduled for September 29, by that time 16 states already will have voted, by September 29. Thats a concern to me. I want to see President Trump on the debate stage against Joe Biden.”

The commission didnt immediately respond to a request for comment. The commission is a nonprofit established in 1987 to sponsor and produce the general election debates.

Biden campaign strategist Symone Sanders told a virtual event in on Wednesday that Biden “has already committed to all three of those debates.”

“We did not hesitate. It is the Trump campaign that has yet to fully commit to the debate, but let me tell you, September 29 Joe Biden will be there, and he is ready to articulate Read More From Source

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