On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker said there should not be any presidential debates this year between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, adding that the president would debase the debate stage with poor behavior.
Pelosi said, “I don’t think there should be any debates. I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody should that has any occasion with truth, evidence, data and facts.” She added, saying “I would not legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the US.”
Pelosi called Trump’s debates with Hillary Clinton disgraceful, emphasizing how he loomed behind her on the stage as she spoke. Clinton later admitted that Trump’s lurking made her skin crawl.
Pelosi said, “He will probably act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency. He does that every day.”
Biden and Trump are set to face off during three debates before Election Day, with the first scheduled for Sept. 29 at Case Western reserve University in Cleveland.
Pelosi acknowledged that Biden, has expressed excitement for facing the president, did not share her view on the debate. But she still told reporters about her distaste for Trump’s past debates performances.
On Thursday, Biden said he planned to face Trump so long as the debates remained on the docket. Still, he conceded that the president would probably use the debate stage to spread misinformation, similar to the instances of revisionism displayed at the Republican National Convention this week.
Biden said, “I will be a fact-checker on the floor while I am debating him. I think everybody knows this man has a somewhat pathological tendency not to tell the truth. I am used in dealing with bullies.”
Trump campaign has protested the scheduling of the three debates, noting that some states allow voting before the first debate night. The campaign has pushed for a debate earlier in September to allow Americans to see the candidates face off before being able to vote.
Communications director for the Trump campaign, Tim Murtaugh, characterized Pelosi’s remarks in a similar vein, saying in a statement “Joe Biden had plenty of practice from the 11 Democrat primary debates, but he is still getting lots of advice from Nancy Pelosi and others who want him to bail out on encounters with President Trump completely.
The statement said, ” Biden has vehemently opposed holding even one debate before millions of Americans actually start voting and one has to wonder why he would fear a side-by-side comparison with Trump before the ballots are cast. Biden clearly knows he cant defend the radical left policies he has adopted and want to keep voters in the dark as long as possible.”
This month, the Commission on Presidential debates rejected the Trump campaign request for an earlier debate, saying its fear of mass early voting were unfounded.
On August 6, the commission wrote in a letter, noting a similar debate schedule in the 2016 election, saying “There is a difference between ballots having been isssued by state and those ballots having been cast by voters, who are under no compulsion to return their ballots before the Debates.”