Joe Biden Will Keep Facing Trump Despite Calls to End Debates: Campaign

Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said he will continue to debate President Donald Trump, amid calls for the former vice president to cancel the remaining two events.

“I don’t know how many different ways we can say it. Yes, we are going to do the debates,” Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told reporters after the debate on Sept. 29, according to The Hill.

His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), said that Biden would attend the next two debates and is “never going to refuse to talk to the American people.” The next two events are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a top Biden surrogate, told Politico that it wasn’t clear whether Biden should commit to future debates.

“It was very hard to follow what was being said, and President Trump showed not just disrespect to the moderator, but to the American people who tuned in trying to figure out what his plans are,” Coons said. “The point of the debate is for the American people to make a decision, informed by hearing from the two candidates on what’s your record, what are your values? Joe Biden came prepared to respect the American people. Donald Trump did not.”

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 29, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

It came after former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who worked under President Barack Obama, said there should be changes made for the next two debates, writing on Twitter: “2020 is far too important to have two more episodes of that. Because that was not a debate.”

Meanwhile, several left-wing news outlets including The Atlantic and Slate opined that the first debate should be the last.

Some Democrats pointed out that Trump frequently interrupted Biden and talked over him, while also criticizing moderator Chris Wallace.

On Sept. 30, Biden opened his day by delivering a speech alongside the rails of Cleveland’s train station. The former vice president’s campaign stenciled a map of the train journey he’s making with wife, Jill, on a board behind the lectern where he spoke.

Trump, meanwhile, was scheduled to attend an afternoon fundraiser in Shorewood, Minnesota, a suburb to the west of Minneapolis, before appearing at an evening campaign rally in Duluth on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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