Major news organizations pressure Biden and Trump to debate

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A dozen major news organizations shared a letter Sunday pressuring the President Joe Biden and former president donald trump meet on the debate stage.

“With the contours of the 2024 general election becoming clearer, we, the undersigned national news organizations, urge presumptive presidential candidates to publicly commit to participating in general election debates ahead of the 2024 election. November,” the letter said.

Networks including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBCUniversal News Group and FOX News Media, as well as media outlets The Associated Press, C-SPAN, NewsNation, Noticias Univision (Univision Network News), NPR, PBS NewsHour and USA TODAY They signed the letter.

“If there is one thing Americans can agree on during this moment of polarization, it is that the stakes in this election are exceptionally high. Amid that backdrop, there is simply no substitute for candidates to debate among themselves and before the American people their visions for the future of our nation,” the letter concludes.

Trump has recently called for debates against Biden to be held earlier and more frequently than in 2016, although it remains to be seen whether he will actually participate. “President Trump is willing to debate anytime, anywhere, anywhere, and now is the time to start these debates,” the Trump campaign said in a letter last week.

Trump refused to debate his Republican nomination opponentswhich forced the Republican National Committee to organize primary debates without him. In 2022, the RNC voted not to participate in debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates after Trump complained about the timing, format and moderators. But now Trump appears to have changed his mind.


So far, Biden has been timid in debates, counting ABC News in March that their participation in the debates “depends on [Trump’s] behavior.” In 2020, when the two candidates debatedtriumph they spewed falsehoods, frequently interrupted, refused to condemn white supremacy and cast doubt on the integrity of the election. He often overwhelmed the moderators, and his actions led Biden to blurt out an exasperated: “Will you shut up, man?” during a confrontation in September.

In response to Trump’s recent call to debate Biden “anytime, anywhere, anywhere,” the current president’s campaign pointed to a statement the president made in February: “If I were him, I’d want to debate me too . He has nothing else to do.”

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