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‘We want them sooner’: Trump’s campaign manager says debates should happen before early voting begins

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Andrew Trunsky on August 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign manager called Monday for more presidential debates, saying that they should begin earlier than planned.

During an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Bill Stepien said that the current debate schedule, which is set to begin Sept. 29, will prevent voters in early-voting states from seeing the two candidates go head-to-head before casting their ballots.

“We want more debates, we want debates starting sooner,” Stepien, who took over as Trump’s campaign manager last month, said.

“First debate is scheduled for Sept. 29, by that time 16 states already will have voted. That’s a concern to me. I want to see President Trump on the debate stage against Joe Biden.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates currently has four scheduled debates: three between Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and one between Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s undetermined running mate.

The Trump campaign has previously pushed for additional debates, believing that Trump will be able to capitalize on Biden’s proneness to gaffes and improve his standing in the polls, The Hill reported.

Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, four of the most competitive states this election, are all set to begin mailing absentee ballots before the end of September. Biden has held a consistent lead over Trump in each, polls show.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more voters are expected to vote by mail than ever before, meaning that millions of voters in swing states may cast their ballot before the first debate occurs.

Stepien also accused Democrats of attempting to limit the number of debates to avoid putting Biden on camera.

“We’re already seeing the liberal left, the liberal media trying to create trap doors for Joe Biden to escape his commitment and obligations to debate Donald Trump on a debate stage in front of the American people.”

Though some have encouraged Biden not to engage with Trump on stage, Biden has committed to three debates, with his campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, saying that he “looks forward to facing Donald Trump in a multi-debate series that the American people have come to expect from their leaders.”

“We hope that President Trump would not break that tradition or make excuses for a refusal to participate,” she said.

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    Pat August 4, 2020

    DEMOCRATS ARE SCARED TO DEATH TO PUT BIDEN ON THE DEBATE STAGE WITH TRUMP. BIDEN COULDN’T DO IN FOUR YEARS WHAT TRUMP COULD DO IN FOUR DAYS. THESE DEMS ARE PATHETIC BIDEN WANTS TO RAISE TAXES AND FOLLOW A FAR LEFT RADICAL AGENDA WITH BERNIE SANDERS. THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH BIDEN AT THE HELM

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    Darrell R Singleton August 4, 2020

    Biden and the democrats know that, He cannot openly debate Trump on an open forum with a panel asking questions to each candidate. Once pressured, Biden will fold like a cheap lawn-chair and all America will see the real Joe Biden. Of course, we should have early debates, we demand it, we deserve it and to allow anything else, would be a travesty to all American Voters.

    If Biden cannot agree to this early debate, then all America is going to wonder…how could this man handle any international events, if he can’t survive a one on one debate…take care America, you get what you pay for and this case, and Biden’s hiding in his cellar for months, we cannot afford to have this man, controlling the future of America.

    Yank Biden out of his storm cellar and demand that he take part of Presidential Debates…BEFORE ANY EARLY ELECTIONS ARE HELD.

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