Trump campaign not happy with final debate topics
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien protested the topics of the final presidential debate in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates on Monday.
“It is completely irresponsible for the Commission to alter the focus of this final debate just days before the event, solely to insulate Biden from his own history,” the letter said.
Stepien demanded that the final debate focus more on foreign policy which he claims the two campaigns originally agreed upon months ago. He said that the commission was simply shielding Joe Biden from having to address his foreign policy record.
Biden’s campaign fired back and said that Trump is just afraid to answer more questions on his handling of COVID-19.
“The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response,” a Biden campaign spokesman said. “As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates maintains that the debate moderator alone gets to pick the topics and questions for the evening. NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, who will moderate the debate, said she plans to focus on climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, race and national security.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that Welker was an unfair moderator.
“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing,” Trump tweeted.
NBC responded citing Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller who has previously called Welker “very fair” and “a very good choice” for the debate.
Miller tweeted on Monday his displeasure with the change in debate topics.
“Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran,” Miller said in his tweet.
Stepien wrote in the letter that the topics are certainly worthy of discussion but that they have already been covered during the first debate.
The 2020 presidential debate calendar has not lacked excitement. The first debate was a disaster in the eyes of both Republicans and Democrats. After Trump contracted COVID-19, the second debate was canceled, resulting in dueling and overlapping town halls with Trump and Biden on separate networks.
The Commission on Presidential Debates also announced Monday that it will mute microphones during the debate if the candidates don’t stick to their allotted times.
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