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Pressure Mounts on Joe Biden to Skip Presidential Debates
By Breitbart, August 3, 2020
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, is under mounting political pressure not to debate President Donald Trump this fall.
In recent weeks, a bevy of political strategists, pundits, and even allies have intensified their efforts to push the former vice president’s campaign into reneging on the three customary presidential debates. Much of the effort has played out in the public eye, spanning across the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers, network television, and even social media.
Some of the arguments utilized by proponents of jettisoning the debates center around Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and the president’s proclivity for making untruthful or embellished statements.
“I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump. He should do it only under two conditions. Otherwise, he’s giving Trump unfair advantages,” The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote last month, asserting that it was imperative for the incumbent to make his tax returns transparent and for both candidates to agree to the inclusion of a “real-time fact-checking team” for the debates.
Ten “minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered,” Freidman wrote. “That way no one in that massive television audience can go away easily misled.”
A similar sentiment was echoed on Sunday by Joe Lockhart, a noted Democrat strategist who served as press secretary for the Clinton-era White House, during an appearance on CNN.
“It’s a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or the truth,” Lockhart said. “Biden will undoubtedly take heat from Republicans and the media for skipping the debates.”
The strategist added that any potential blowback over skipping the debate was “worth the risk, as trying to debate someone incapable of telling the truth is an impossible contest to win.”
Although much of the argument for skipping the debates has revolved around fears that Trump’s will use the forum to spread inaccurate information, some strategists and pundits have ventured further.
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