Will A Trump-Biden Debate Actually Happen?

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(TargetLiberty.org) – The possibility of a presidential debate between President Biden and former President Trump is becoming increasingly uncertain. Trump has been vocal on social media, urging Biden for a debate and expressing willingness to do so under any conditions. Biden, on the other hand, has shown openness to the idea but has reservations based on Trump’s conduct.

Historically, presidential debates have been pivotal events in the election cycle, offering memorable moments and insights into the candidates’ platforms and personalities. However, the acrimonious nature of the 2020 debates, particularly the disruptive first debate, has cast doubt on the future of such events. Trump’s frequent interruptions and the overall chaotic atmosphere led to a second debate with muted microphones, which received a more positive reception.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, responsible for organizing these events since 1988, faces criticism from Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) for alleged bias. The RNC has even advised Republican candidates to avoid participating in commission-run debates, advocating for alternative platforms.

Despite these tensions, there is speculation that debates may still occur. The decision primarily rests with the candidates themselves, as the commission engages directly with them, not the political parties. Discussions about the debates are typically initiated closer to the election, but given the unique circumstances of this election cycle, they might start earlier.

Experts and strategists offer varied perspectives on the potential debates. Some believe Biden should not underestimate the impact of these debates, citing his ability to handle confrontation, as demonstrated in past State of the Union addresses. Others argue that debates might not serve the public interest, fearing they could devolve into spectacles dominated by Trump’s aggressive tactics.

In summary, the future of presidential debates between Biden and Trump remains in flux, with both logistical and strategic considerations at play. The coming months will likely provide greater clarity on whether these important political events will proceed as part of the 2024 election cycle.

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