Biden Campaign Rejects Additional Debates with Trump

Kaylee Everhart

Updated Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 11:19 AM CDT

Biden Campaign Rejects Additional Debates with Trump

In a surprising turn of events, President Joe Biden's campaign has declined two additional debate proposals from former President Donald Trump's campaign, including one hosted by NBC News and Telemundo aimed at engaging Latino voters, and a vice presidential debate set to take place at the historically Black Virginia State University, proposed by Fox News. This decision has not only stirred criticism from the Trump campaign but also raised eyebrows among political commentators and strategists.

Donald Trump's campaign, in a bid to connect with larger Latino and Black audiences, announced his acceptance of a fourth debate on his platform, Truth Social. However, the Biden campaign swiftly put an end to any further discussion on debates, confirming their commitment to two debates outside the Commission on Presidential Debates process—one hosted by CNN in Atlanta and another by ABC News.

Trump's campaign spokesperson, Danielle Alvarez, did not hold back in criticizing Biden for evading a discussion with Hispanic voters on the debate stage, going so far as to label him "cobarde," the Spanish word for coward. Biden's camp, while open to collaborating with Spanish-language channels such as Telemundo or Univision for debates, has shown no interest in expanding the debate schedule beyond the accepted two and has taken up a vice presidential debate offer from CBS News, which awaits Trump's campaign's acceptance.

CNN's upcoming debate will notably lack a studio audience, and candidates must meet stringent eligibility criteria, such as appearing on enough state ballots to potentially secure 270 electoral votes, accepting the debate rules and format, and achieving at least 15% in four national polls.

The debate discussions sparked after President Biden expressed his willingness to confront Trump on Howard Stern's show, leading to an agreement for two televised debates. This development has also coincided with speculation around North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum as a potential vice-presidential candidate for Trump in the 2024 election, despite him being a less familiar name from a small, heavily Republican state.

Political strategists and consultants have weighed in on Burgum's potential candidacy. While GOP strategists like Dave Polyansky and Karl Rove point out issues such as his prior statement declining interest in the role and possible left-wing criticism of his wealth, others like Alex Polyansky and Erin Perrine have praised Burgum's television presence and economic impact on North Dakota.

The list of potential vice-presidential candidates for Trump includes prominent figures like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, among others.

Bill Maher, the host of "Real Time," has expressed concern over Biden's eagerness to debate, suggesting it might be a sign of Biden trailing in the polls. Maher, along with other panelists and journalists, debated the potential impact of these debates on the upcoming election, with Maher noting that Biden has more to prove than the well-known Trump.

Maher also highlighted Biden's reportedly underwhelming performance in key swing states, except Wisconsin, and stressed the urgency for Democrats to reconsider their candidate. This comes in the wake of a report by Special Counsel Robert Hur that questioned Biden's mental acuity, causing a stir within political circles and the public alike.

As the political landscape heats up with debates and vice-presidential speculations, all eyes are on how the Biden campaign's strategy will play out against Trump's campaign maneuvers in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the liberal elite and their puppet, Joe Biden, are running scared, folks. They're ducking out of debates because they know their disastrous policies and Biden's cognitive decline can't stand up to the scrutiny of the American people. They're avoiding engagement with Latino voters because they take minority communities for granted, thinking they can just waltz in and collect votes without actually addressing their concerns. And why reject a debate at a historically Black university? Because they're more interested in pandering than in real dialogue. It's cowardice, plain and simple. The left doesn't want a fair fight; they want to rig the game, silence conservative voices, and keep their grip on power without being challenged. It's a disgrace to democracy and an insult to voters everywhere.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, the right-wing propaganda machine is in full swing, trying to gaslight the American public into believing that President Biden is afraid to debate. The truth is, Biden's campaign is focused on meaningful engagement, not giving credence to Trump's circus of lies and misinformation. Trump and his cronies are desperate to distract from their record of division and failure, so they're clamoring for more debates to spread their hateful rhetoric. They're targeting minority communities with performative gestures, pretending to care while their policies continue to undermine those very same communities. It's a transparent tactic by the GOP to divert attention from their lack of a coherent platform and their allegiance to the wealthy elite. The conservatives are playing political theater, hoping to fool voters into forgetting the chaos they've caused. Biden's commitment to a fair debate process and his refusal to play into Trump's hands show a leader with integrity, not one who shies away from the challenge.

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