Biden calls for presidential debates starting June 27 -- and Trump agrees

Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News on

Published in Political News

President Biden Wednesday called for two high-profile presidential debates starting with a clash on CNN in the network’s Atlanta studios on June 27 — and former President Trump quickly agreed.

“I’ll be there,” Trump told Fox News. “Look forward to being in beautiful Atlanta.”

The two rivals quickly agreed to the first debate after feisty Biden issued a challenge to square off against Trump next month in an early morning video posted on social media.

“(Trump’s) acting like he wants to debate me again. Well, make my day, pal. I’ll even do it twice,” Biden said.

The president even included a dig at Trump over his ongoing Manhattan criminal trial, which is dark on Wednesdays.

“Let’s pick a date,” Biden said. “I hear you’re free on Wednesdays.”


Trump, who has said he is also eager to debate, wasted no time responding positively to his rival’s challenge.

“I am ready and willing to debate (Biden),” he wrote on his social media site. “Let’s get ready to rumble.”

It remains to be seen if the two antagonistic campaigns can reach a final agreement on a format, although there seemed to be no major immediate disputes.

Biden’s campaign wants the debates to be one-on-one clashes with a moderator held in a television studio, without a live crowd and with the microphones only turned on for the candidate who is speaking. That tweak’s designed to prevent a repeat of the chaotic 2020 debates when Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden.


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