Headline RoundupApril 11th, 2024

Trump Campaign Pushes For Additional, Earlier Debates

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated his desire to debate President Joe Biden.

Key Quotes: In a post on Truth Social, Trump stated, “It’s time for Crooked Joe Biden, the worst president in the history of the United States, and I to debate. We have to talk about what he’s doing and where we’re going. We owe it to our country.” Biden has not committed to debating Trump. Last month, he told reporters, “It depends on his behavior.”

Details: The Trump campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates stating, “The Commission must move up the timetable of its proposed 2024 debates to ensure more Americans have a full chance to see the candidates before they start voting, and we would argue for adding more debates in addition to those on the currently proposed schedule.”

For Context: Trump’s challenge comes as a group of top networks urge the candidates to participate in a televised debate. In a letter sent to the candidates, the networks stated, “If there is one thing Americans can agree on, during this polarized time, it is that the stakes of this election are exceptionally high. There is simply no substitute for the candidates debating with each other, and before the American people, their visions for the future of the nation.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered Trump’s challenge. The Hill (Center bias) noted that Trump is pushing for a debate “despite his refusal to participate in the GOP primary debates.”

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